01. 11. 2021 15:09 | PRAGUE / tvnoviny.sk, ml
The accident happened only the day before the cable car was expected to be shut down and overhauled.
Firefighters at the collapsed cable car.
The collapse of the cable car on the Czech mountain Ještěd caused a broken tow rope. However, Sunday’s disaster, in which one person died, was to be prevented by other mechanisms. According to the portal TN.cz this was stated by the Czech Railways inspection, which is investigating the tragedy.
The wreck will now be examined for months to find out why the rope broke and why the cab did not brake. The broken machine must first get to the depot as safely as possible, and experts will take it there. “The shutdown of the cable car was to begin on Monday, and a thorough overhaul awaited it. It would probably reveal the mistake, “writes the website of Televízie Nova.
Czech Railways, meanwhile, has calculated the damage at nine million Czech crowns, which is about 350,000 euros. Police are calling on witnesses to the accident to help clarify the tragedy, while prosecuting the offense of general negligence.
The guide, who was alone in the cabin at the time, died in the accident. The accident occurred at the bottom of the track. The cabin fell at the level of the first support about halfway up the local slope. Firefighters used high-altitude technology to evacuate about 15 people who were in the second cabin and suffered a shock. This cabin remained hanging on the carrying rope.
Among the 15 prisoners was also the family of the Czech actor David Novotný, who informed about it on the social network Twitter. The actor publicly thanked the firefighters for rescuing them.