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Cable car accident kills one in Turkey

A video released by the interior ministry showed rescue personnel tied to safety ropes climbing into cabins

By Reuters
April 14, 2024
Rescue teams conduct a rescue operation and help injured people after a cable car cabin crashed into a fallen cable pole in the Konyaalti district of Antalya, Turkey on April 12, 2024. — AFP
Rescue teams conduct a rescue operation and help injured people after a cable car cabin crashed into a fallen cable pole in the Konyaalti district of Antalya, Turkey on April 12, 2024. — AFP

ISTANBUL: One person was killed and 10 others injured in the southern Turkish province of Antalya when a cable car cabin collided with a broken pole, prompting a massive operation that rescued a further 174 passengers, Turkish officials said on Saturday.

Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation and ordered the detention of 13 people in relation to the incident, including officials from the private company running the cable car, Justice Minister Tunc Yilmaz told reporters.

Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said in a statement on social media platform X, 10 helicopters and more than 607 rescue workers were involved in rescue efforts that lasted 23 hours after 24 cabins were stranded in the air on Friday.

A video released by the interior ministry showed rescue personnel tied to safety ropes climbing into cabins.