Two die and baby hurt in cable car fall

Metro

A couple were killed and their baby suffered serious injuries when a wooden container they were using as a cable car plunged down a Swiss cliff.

They were travelling in a ropeway – a small cable car built for carrying goods – which collapsed as it descended from an alpine station.

It dropped about 30m (nearly 100ft), throwing the family into a wooded area of the Alp Baerlaui.

A 38-year-old Swiss man and his partner, a Canadian woman of 31, died instantly.

Their one-year-old child ‘miraculously’ survived Saturday’s accident because it was being carried in a rucksack, said police in the central Schwyz region.

They added that branches and brush would have reduced the speed of the infant’s fall.

A ropeway is designed to move supplies between mountain chalets and pastures and is not intended for transporting people.

A bus driver from the area said people used the containers ‘from…

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