Cabin Detaches from Cable Car in the Czech Republic: One Fatality, 14 Visitors in Shock

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In the Czech Republic, in the Sudeten Mountains in the north of the country, a cabin of a cable car has crashed. The driver of the cabin was killed.

 

14 occupants were evacuated from a second cabin, and they were taken to hospital in shock. The cause of the cable car accident is not yet known.

The funicular in the Sudeten Mountains, near the town of Liberec, leads to the top of the mountain Ještěd (1,012 meters). The cabin was on its way down yesterday when it suddenly came loose from the cable and fell from a height of about 30 meters. There was only one driver in the cabin who did not survive.

There was a second cabin on the way to the top of the mountain. According to the CTK news agency, there were 14 people in that second cabin. The fire service said they got all occupants out of the cabin at the height of 15 meters unharmed. However, they were taken to the hospital in shock. The cause of the accident is still unclear.

Since 1933, the funicular has been leading people to the top of the mountain. It is a popular tourist attraction. According to CTK, there has never been an accident with this cable car before. There is room for 35 people in a cabin. After Sunday, the plan was to close the cable car for the winter break, and maintenance would occur.

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