Cable car crash kills one as carriage plunges off and smashes into mountain

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One person has lost their life following a freak accident with a cable car which smashed into a mountain in the Czech Republic.

The cable car appears to have snapped from its cable and fallen 3,300 feet to the ground, leaving several others injured.

Rescuers are on the scene evacuating people from another cabin, a rescue service spokesperson has confirmed.

The cable car connects the 1,000 metres Jested mountain through the use of two cabins, each operated by a member of staff.

Harrowing footage from the scene, filmed by local station Televize Seznam shows the smashed car on the ground with emergency services in the area.

This tragic accident comes as the cable car was reportedly set to go for maintenance on Monday.

Spokesman Michael Georgiev told Czech television: "One cabin fell while on its way down. There was one person inside, who unfortunately succumbed to their injuries.

"Fortunately, the other cabin stayed in its normal place, some 15 people were evacuated, they should be without injuries, just suffered mental shock."

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The mountain peak of Jested, located near the town of Liberec in the north of the country, near the borders with Germany and Poland, is a known ski destination for Czechs and foreigners alike.

The cable car is operated by Czech Railways and is a popular tourist attraction.

The country's Deputy PM, Karel Havlicek, paid tribute to the victim and said emergency services were evacuating 13 people and a dog from the second cabin.

He continued by thanking the fire rescue team and vowed that an investigation will be launched to determine the causes behind the crash.

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