Thirteen people were killed and two children have been hospitalized with multiple injuries after a cable car crashed in Italy’s northern Piedmont region, the National Corps of Alpine and Speleological Rescue said.
Earlier in the day, it tweeted that two children who had survived with injuries were airlifted to hospital in the city of Turin, the capital of Piedmont.
A group was riding in a cable car which connects the town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore with the nearby Mottarone mountain in the Piedmont region when it plunged into a wooded area, according to a spokesperson which is leading the rescue operation.
The cable car had been on a 20-minute panoramic trip from the village of Carciano di Stresa on the edge of Italy’s Lake Maggiore, up to an altitude of more than 1,490 meters on Mt. Mottarone a scenic area that is popular with tourists and holidaymakers. It detached and crashed a few hundred meters short of the top.