At least 14 killed in Italy's cable car plunge

A cable car carrying passengers plunged to the ground as it approached the top of a mountain in northern Italy on Sunday afternoon.

A local rescue service said that at least 14 people, including a child, died and another child was rushed to a hospital. Police suspect snapped cables were the cause of the accident.

Italian media say the gondola left its base on the edge of Lake Maggiore in the Piedmont region, then plunged when it was 300 meters from the summit.

The lake, bordering Switzerland, is known as a summer retreat. The cable car service was popular with tourists for its picturesque views during the 20-minute ride from the lakeside base to the roughly 1,500-meter-high mountaintop.

Local media say the cable car line resumed operation on Saturday after temporarily closing due to coronavirus restrictions.