Czech Cable Car Crashes to Ground, Kills One

An employee of the operating company was fatally injured in a cable car crash on Sunday at the 1012-metre high Ještěd mountain near Liberec. 

As Ceska Televize reported, the attendant was alone in the cabin when it fell from a height of about 30 metres during a descent.

According to the CTK news agency, 14 people were in the second cabin, which was travelling uphill at the same time. According to the fire brigade, they were all rescued unharmed from a height of 15 metres.

Some suffered shock, and psychological counsellors were taking care of them. The cause of the accident was initially unclear.

The cable car leading to Jested mountain above the city of Liberec has been a popular tourist attraction since 1933, and there has never been an accident.

In normal operation, one cabin can accommodate 35 people.

Sunday was supposed to be the last operational ride before the winter break.

CT24 reported that one of the cabins had fallen off, causing the second cabin, which was carrying tourists, to move downhill on the firmly anchored support cable.


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