Italian cable auto plunges to the ground, killing at least 12

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	 		Italian cable car plunges to the ground killing at least 9

Nine people have been killed and two children are being treated in hospital after a cable vehicle taking visitors to a mountaintop view of lakes in northern Italy plunged to the ground.

The Stresa-Mottarone cable vehicle takes tourists and locals from the town on Lake Maggiore, nearly 1,400 meters (4,593 feet) above sea level to the top of the Mottarone mountain in 20 minutes.

"This is the final toll of the accident as the vehicle was carrying 11 passengers when the disaster happened", Simone Bobbio, a spokesman for Italy's alpine rescue service for the Piedmont region, told Reuters.

Italian news outlets reported that 11 people had been riding in the cable auto before it fell, and officials said that two children were taken from the accident site to a hospital in Turin.

"It is a very serious accident", Walter Milan, a spokesman for the national alpine rescue service told RaiNews24 television.

The lift had just recently re-opened following the gradual lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

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It said 11 people were in the cabin that fell.

A crashed cable vehicle is seen after it collapsed in Stresa, near Lake Maggiore, Italy, on May 23, 2021.

Premier Mario Draghi offered his condolences to the families of the victims "with a particular thought about the seriously injured children and their families".

Mottarone reaches a height of 1,491 meters (4,900 feet) and overlooks the picturesque lake and the Alps around the Piedmont region of Italy. The mountain has a small amusement park, Alpyland, and a children's roller coaster with 360-degree views.

While the cause hasn't been determined, it's the latest incident to raise questions about the quality of Italy's transport infrastructure.

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