He clung to life. The Israeli boy, the only survivor of the cable car accident that killed 14 people in northern Italy on May 23, has been released from intensive care, announced a spokesperson for the Turin hospital where he is being treated.
The five-year-old boy is the only passenger to survive after the cable car cabin fell into a void in Stresa, near the top of Mount Mottarone reaching nearly 1,500 meters, killing the other 14 passengers, including his parents , his two-year-old brother and his great-grandparents.
Eitan, who had suffered various trauma to the abdomen and thorax as well as various fractures, was transferred to a long-stay ward, said a spokesperson for the hospital in Turin, the capital of Piedmont (north -Where is). The aunt of the little boy, whose family had emigrated to Italy in 2018, is at his bedside.
The suspects released
Several officials from the company operating the cable car are suspected of deliberately deactivating the emergency braking system that should have blocked the cabin when the cable broke. The three men arrested in connection with this tragedy were released overnight from Saturday to Sunday, the judge reporting a “total absence of elements” against two of them, according to judicial sources.
The cable car crashed after a cable broke. If the emergency braking system had operated, the cab would have remained suspended from a second cable. Investigators are trying to establish the reasons for the rupture of the main cable.
For prosecutor Olimpia Bossi, quoted by the Italian media, the three men knew that the cable car cabin had been running without emergency brakes since April 26, the day the installation reopened. Thirteen passengers died instantly, while Eitan and another child were taken to hospital. The latter then died of his injuries.
Popular with tourists, the Stresa cable car connects this small village to Mount Mottarone in 20 minutes, which offers spectacular views of Lake Maggiore and the Alps.