Cable-car accident follows two other Italian disasters

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Tragedy struck one of the world's most beautiful regions, when a cable car plunged and rolled near the town of Stresa, in the scenic Piedmont region of north-western Italy.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Map zoom from global to local, 15 people in line, boarding cable car
2. Cable car starts rising out of base station, camera follows upward
3. Car keeps rising, near the summit the cable snaps and the car plunges
4. Car hits ground and rolls down steep hillside, stops against trees, body count
5. Show sequence of Italy's Morandi bridge in Genoa collapsing in 2018, body count 43
6. Italian train with gas cars derailing in 2009, exploding, body count 32


VOICEOVER (in English):
The BBC reports that fifteen people boarded a cable car in the Italian town of Stresa just after midday on Sunday 23 April.

This cable car system moves tourists at a relatively high speed, taking only 20 minutes to complete the steep journey from Stresa to a lookout point on mount Mattarone.

When the cable car was only 300 meters from the top, it seems that a cable snapped, and the car fell about 20 meters and rolled down the steep slope, before being stopped by trees.

Nearby hikers reportedly heard a loud hiss before the crash.

Some of those who died were thrown from the car. Of the fifteen passengers, fourteen died while the only survivor is being treated for serious injuries in a nearby hospital.

The disaster is likely to renew doubts about Italy's transport infrastructure.

In 2018, the Morandi bridge in Genoa collapsed after years of neglect, killing 43 people.

In 2009, a freight train carrying gas derailed and exploded, killing 32 people. That accident was also blamed on poor maintenance.


SOURCES: BBC, Reuters, The Guardian, USA Today
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57219737
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/least-eight-dead-italian-cable-car-accident-ansa-2021-05-23/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2021/05/23/italian-cable-car-plunges-ground-killing-several-passengers/5231687001/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/24/community-is-broken-stresa-italy-shaken-by-cable-car-tragedy