Italy Investigators Probe Why Cable Car Brake ‘Didn’t Work’

The disaster, in one of the most picturesque spots in northern Italy — the Mottarone mountaintop overlooking Lake Maggiore and other lakes near Switzerland — raised questions anew about the quality and safety of Italy’s transport infrastructure.

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Rescuers work by the wreckage of a cable car after it collapsed near the summit of the Stresa-Mottarone line in the Piedmont region, northern Italy, Sunday, May 23, 2021. Italy’s transport minister was heading Monday, May 24, 2021 to the scene of a cable car disaster that killed 14 people when the lead cable apparently snapped and the cabin careened back down the mountain until it pulled off the line and crashed to the ground. (Vigili del Fuoco Firefighters via AP)
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STRESA, Italy (AP) — The investigation into Italy’s cable car disaster that killed 14 people will focus on why the lead cable snapped and why the emergency brake didn’t engage and prevent the cabin from careening back down the mountain until it pulled off the support line and crashed to the ground, the lead prosecutor said Monday. Verbania Prosecutor Olimpia Bossi outlined the contours of her investigation based on what she said was objective, empirical…

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