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Wed May 26, 2021, 04:08 PM

Italy cable car fall: Three arrested over fatal accident

Also: Italian cable car brakes ‘tampered with’, say prosecutors (Irish Times)

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Source: BBC

Italy cable car fall: Three arrested over fatal accident

26 May 2021

Three people have been arrested in Italy over Sunday's cable car accident that left 14 dead.

Investigators say the emergency brakes had been disabled and the three members of the operating company were aware.

According to a local transport official, the brake failure meant the car was travelling at over 100km/h (62 mph) when the cable broke.

The car plunged 20m (65ft) into the side of the Mottarone mountain near Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.

Prosecutors are carrying out an investigation into suspected involuntary homicide and negligence.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57252289

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Source: Irish Times

Italian cable car brakes ‘tampered with’, say prosecutors

Investigators say emergency brakes had been deactivated to avoid disruption to service

about 5 hours ago Updated: about 4 hours ago
Angela Giuffrida in Rome

The emergency brakes on a cable car that crashed in northern Italy on Sunday, killing 14 people, had been “tampered with”, prosecutors said as three people were detained early on Wednesday.

The three, who include the owner of the firm that manages the Stresa-Mottarone aerial tramway near Lake Maggiore in the Piedmont region, are alleged to have made a “conscious gesture” by “tampering” with the emergency brakes in order to “avoid disruptions” to the cable car service, the news agency Ansa reported, citing the chief public prosecutor, Olimpia Bossi.

The cable car system had “anomalies” since resuming service in late April, it said. “The [cable car] had been travelling in that way for several days and had made several trips,” Ms Bossi said.

The two others detained include the director of the tramway’s management company, Ferrovie Mottarone, and the operational chief.

The cable car had been carrying 15 people on the 20-minute ride between the resort town of Stresa and Mount Mottarone. It was a few metres from its destination when it plummeted 20m into the woods below, shortly after midday on Sunday.

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Read more: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/italian-cable-car-brakes-tampered-with-say-prosecutors-1.4575973

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed May 26, 2021, 04:11 PM

1. Better call their union

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed May 26, 2021, 04:18 PM

2. Throw the book at them.

And how could they possibly think that doing this would "avoid disruption"?



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Wed May 26, 2021, 04:39 PM

3. Staying On Time Is More Important To Them Than Safety

Hopefully they'll be held accountable. Here in America, that's not a guarantee.

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