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Investigation after 14 people die in cable car accident in Italian Alps

It happened on Sunday near the town of Stresa in Piedmont near Lake Maggiora. 2 children survived. An investigation is underway. UPDATED

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The passengers were taking a scenic trip up a nearby mountain and it plunged to the ground 300m from the summit of the mountain.

It came to rest on a steep wooded slope lodged between trees.

The rescue services have described it as a “very serious accident”.

There were 15 people in the cabin at the time of the crash.

The cabin can take up to 40 passengers.

Two children, aged 5 and 9, were taken by air ambulance to hospital in Turin, but the eldest has since died from injuries.

The Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi, has described the crash as a “tragic accident”.

“I express the condolences of the whole Government to the families of the victims, with a special thought for the seriously injured children and their families,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.

An investigation is underway.

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