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5 hurt in cable car plunge.

Byline: By RON MOORE

AT LEAST five people -one of them a boy of three - were badly hurt yesterday when their cable car plunged to the ground after smashing into another gondola.

The injured, also including an old man, were airlifted to hospital with head wounds and broken legs. The boy has serious chest injuries.

Rescue workers battled to get to the remote mountainside on Aonach Mor, in the Ben Nevis range of the Highlands.

Around 25 others were stuck in other cable cars and 50 were stranded at the top station.

Two RAF helicopters, an air ambulance and a mountain rescue team rushed to the scene.

Witness holidaymaker Claire Mason, 25, said: "I saw one person being thrown out of the gondola as it fell. It was a horrifying sight. I could hear screams from one young girl. It was awful."

A tourist from Ipswich said: "Everything started swaying like a yo-yo. It was terrifying."

Other witnesses said one of the gondolas, which ferry walkers, mountain bikers and climbers six at a time 2,150ft up the peak, slid back down the cable.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2006
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