Italian authorities have arrested three people for alleged responsibility for the accident involving a cable car in the Piedmont region that killed 14 after confessing to deliberately disabling the emergency brake due to maintenance issues that were believed to have been fixed System.
Among those arrested is Luigi Nerini, the owner of the company that manages the cable car system (Ferrovie del Mottarone). Verbania’s public prosecutor points out that, according to the AdnKronos authority, they are allegedly responsible for several murder cases and negligent injuries that can be traced back to the fall of the cable car that linked the cities of Stresa and Mottarone.
The evidence of human error was the main hypothesis the researchers considered to explain why the cabin fell about 20 meters into the void. The experts had identified a possible problem with the braking system, which the detainees not only confirmed but also attributed to a business decision.
Prosecutor Olimpia Bossi has warned Olimpia Bossi of the possible tampering with one of the forks of the braking system, apparently to prevent the cable car from jamming, and because there were problems that required deeper repairs that meant an interruption in service.
A police officer, Alberto Cicocgnani, assured in a radio interview that the three prisoners had already admitted to having manipulated the system and voluntarily deactivated the emergency brake. According to their version, they initially requested maintenance, which only “partially” solved the problem. To “avoid further interruptions” they left the fork separating the brake shoes.
The detainees allegedly justified their actions with the economic damage that would have resulted in an interruption of the cable car traffic, which would have been stopped “a priori” for a long period of time in the event that the necessary repairs had been carried out Systems were working properly.