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Accident gondola of the Zugspitz cable car rescued

September 21, 2018

The damaged cabin of the spectacular new Zugspitz cable car during an emergency exercise last week could be salvaged. However, for safety reasons, the cable car will have to stand still for a longer period of time.

Unfall Bayerische Zugspitzbahn
Image: picture-alliance/AG/AIRV/Bayerische Zugspitzbahn

About a week after the accident at the Zugspitze cable car, experts recovered the damaged cabin. It was brought to the mountain station on Friday morning, according to the Bavarian Zugspitze Railway in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The cabin had been pulled up about 280 meters at a speed of ten centimeters per second. "We are very relieved. The first important step has been taken," said Martin Hurm, Operations Manager Cable Cars and Lifts Zugspitze.

Seilbahn Zugspitze
It’s still unclear when the cable car on Germany’s highest mountain will be operational againImage: obs/Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG/M.Prechtl

Following an accident during an emergency exercise on Wednesday evening (September 12), the new cable car at the Zugspitze, which was only opened in December 2017, was so badly damaged that it had to shut down for an indefinite period of time. The cost of the material damage had not yet been determined. The cause of the accident had to be investigated further, and the ropeway manufacturer was also involved. According to a report by broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, the cable car could be out of action for months.It is regarded as a showcase project at Germany's highest peak: the 1,945 meters' difference in altitude from the valley station to the summit station is a world record. The two gondolas can carry 580 passengers per hour to the summit and thus cope with the rush of around half a million visitors to the Zugspitze each year with considerably less waiting time than with the predecessor, the Eibsee cable car.Until further notice, the Zugspitzbahn will remain out of service. In the meantime, visitors to the Zugspitze can switch to the rack railway. The "Gletscherbahn" cable car to the summit is also still in regular operation. 

Bildergalerie Urlaub in den deutschen Alpen
The Zugspitze can also be reached by rack railwayImage: Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG, Jossi

is/ch (AFP, dpa, br, merkur.de)