Cable car accident in Italy: three people arrested, a braking system was tampered with to prevent a closure

The suspects are charged with manslaughter.

TKings people have been arrested in connection with the investigation into the cable car accident on Sunday in Stresa, a seaside resort in Piedmont on the shores of Lake Maggiore, in northern Italy, reports the Italian press agency ANSA.

It is an engineer as well as the director and the chief operator of the company which operates the cable car of the tourist site. The suspects are notably accused of manslaughter.

According to the prosecutor, these three people committed “a deliberate act”. The investigation showed that one of the braking systems had been tampered with to prevent the cable car from slowing down. Therefore, the emergency system could not be activated.

The accident happened last Sunday about 100 meters from the last altitude station of the cable car to the top of Mount Mottarone. It would be due to a broken cable on the highest part of the course. The cabin fell about fifteen meters, then descended part of the slope before crashing into a tree. Fourteen people lost their lives in the accident, including five Israelis. The only survivor, a five-year-old child hospitalized in Turin, suffers from a head trauma and broken legs.

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