Italian cable car plunges to the ground, killing at least 14

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press

ROME (AP) — A cable car taking visitors to a mountaintop view of some of northern Italy's most picturesque lakes has plummeted to the ground, killing at least 14 people.

A young child was also hospitalized in serious condition with broken bones.

Six of the dead were Israeli citizens, including a family of four who lived in Italy, the Israeli foreign ministry said.

It wasn't clear if the other couple was related.

Stresa Mayor Marcella Severino said it appeared that a cable broke, sending the car careening until it hit a pylon and then fell to the ground.

Images from the site showed the crumpled car in a clearing of a thick patch of pine trees near the summit of the Mottarone peak overlooking Lake Maggiore.

The Italian government announced a commission to investigate the disaster.

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