INVESTIGATION AFTER FATAL SWISS GONDOLA ACCIDENT
5th June 2019
Last modified on December 22nd, 2019
One worker has died and six others have been injured in the accident in Engelberg. Two are in a serious condition. UPDATED
The accident took place during routine work on the Titlis-Express lift ahead of the busy summer season.
The lift was closed at the time to members of the public.
It is understood cable supports gave way and the cables that hold the cars then hit a group of workers.
It is unclear whether it was caused by human error or mechanical failure.
One man was pronounced dead at the site of the accident and three others were taken to hospital.
Three others had minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
A total of 19 people were working on the lift at the time.
The lift remains closed and an investigation is underway.
The lift is a main lift in the resort and takes thousands of visitors up the mountain during the summer months.
The Titlis-Express runs from Engelberg to the Trübsee cable car station.
It opened in 2015 and can transport 2,400 people an hour.
It has a length of 2.7 kms and a vertical ascent of 800m.
The Chairman of Titlis lift company, Hans Wicki, has described it as “blackest day in the history of the company”.
The man who died was 58-years old and married with children.
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