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Italy cable car accident kills nine

(AFP)

Nine people were killed and two children seriously injured Sunday after a cable car plunged into the  side of a mountain in northern Italy, emergency services said.

The accident occurred by the resort town of Stresa, which lies on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the Piedmont region.

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The 20-minute cable car ride, popular with tourists, links Stresa with the 1,500-metre (4,900-foot) summit of the Mottarone mountain, and offers spectacular views of the Alps.

An emergency services spokesman said nine people were killed and two children aged nine and five injured and taken by helicopter to a paediatric hospital in the city of Turin.

The ministry of infrastructuresaid in a statement that the accident occurred around 12:30 pm (1030 GMT) as the cabin was about 100 metres from the summit.

Fire seervice images  show debris from the white and red cabin in a steep wooded area where access appeared difficult.

The cable car system was closed between 2014 and 2016 for maintenance work.

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