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Nine Dead In Italy Cable Car Accident

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Nine people were killed and two children seriously injured Sunday after a cable car plunged into the side of a mountain in northern Italy, emergency services said.

The accident occurred in the resort town of Stresa, which lies on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the Piedmont region.

The 20-minute cable car ride, popular with tourists, links Stresa with the 1,500-metre (4,900-foot) summit of the Mottarone mountain, and offers spectacular views of the Alps.

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An emergency services spokesman said nine people were killed and two children aged nine and five injured and taken by helicopter to a paediatric hospital in the city of Turin.

The ministry of infrastructure said in a statement that the accident occurred around 12:30 pm (1030 GMT) as the cabin was about 100 metres from the summit.

Fire service images show debris from the white and red cabin in a steep wooded area where access appeared difficult.

The cable car system was closed between 2014 and 2016 for maintenance work.

Credit: AFP

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