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Kashmir: Seven killed in cable car accident at Gulmarg ski resort

A police officer said a couple, two children and a local guide were among the dead. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team Srinagar, Kashmir Jun 25, 2017, 01.38 PM (IST)

Seven people were killed Sunday when after a pine tree fell on a cable car, sending it crashing to the ground at a ski resort in Kashmir's Gulmarg, police said. Two children and a local guide were among the dead.

Police superintendent Imtiyaz Hussain said seven people were killed in the accident.

A falling pine tree hit one of the cars, snapping the car from the cable and sending it hundreds of feet below, Gulmarg police officer Imtiyas Hussain told Reuters.

"We are combing the forest area below the cable line to see if there are any more bodies," Imtiyas Hussain told AFP.

About 150 people were stranded in other cable cars because of high winds on the Gulmarg mountain but were later rescued. 

Condoling the loss of lives, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti ordered a thorough investigation into the causes or lapses that led to the accident.

The cable car, known as the Gulmarg gondola, is one of Kashmir's top attractions.

The gondola lift claims to be the world's highest and transports passengers to a height of 4,100 metres for views of the snow-clad Himalayas.

Gulmarg is the only ski resort in Kashmir, with tourists also visiting in the off-season for the views.

But the number of visitors have dipped in recent years amid a spike in violence in the restive region after the death of popular militant leader Burhan Wani last year.


 

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