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article imageBaby survives, parents die in Swiss Alpine cable car crash

By Anne Sewell     Aug 4, 2013 in World
Schwyz - A Swiss couple died when their cable car fell 30 meters into the forested mountainside in the Alps, while their one-year-old infant miraculously survived, but with serious injuries.
According to police in the mountainous region of Schwyz on Sunday, the parents died and their baby was seriously injured by the collapse of an Alpine ropeway.
The accident happened on Saturday at Alp Baerlaui, when the small cable car they were using plunged 30 meters into the forested mountainside below.
Police said it was not clear why the family had been using the ropeway. Reportedly the small cable car was meant only for the transport of goods.
The ropeways are reportedly used to make it easier to move supplies to and from the mountain chalets, and it is, in fact, illegal for them to carry people.
According to police the car came off the cable at 900 meters into its journey from the top station at Alp Baerlaui and it is not yet clear why the accident happened.
The 38-year-old father and 31-year-old mother were killed instantly and their one-year-old baby was seriously injured.
The baby survived due to the fact that he was being carried in a rucksack, and by the branches and bushes which reduced the speed of his fall.
Police said that an investigation into the accident was underway.
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