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Cable cut, sending cable cars crashing to the ground in Canada

Cable cut, sending cable cars crashing to the ground in Canada

VANCOUVER-The impact of the Sea to Sky Gondola closure has started to ripple through Squamish, B.C.as police continue their investigation into the dramatic act of sabotage.

"The cable was compromised and further investigation revealed that it was cut", Constable MacKay said.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. Saturday, operators were notified that the haul rope had fallen and the lift was inoperable.

He said no guests or staff were on the gondola and no injuries were sustained in the incident. We have full confidence in the gondola team and will support them in any way we can as their plans become more clear. "At this time, it's a crime scene".

Numerous cars fell off of the gondola wires, landing in trees and on rocks in the gondola's path.

"We believe the cables were cut and this was a deliberate act of vandalism, " said Inspector Kara Triance with Squamish Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Each gondola vehicle can carry up to eight people, and feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

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The cable was cut about halfway up the route and "it would be very technical and precarious to get to", MacKay said in a statement. "We are now assessing the damage, which will help us identify the cause of the incident".

In addition to the perpetrators, police are also looking for climbers, hikers and campers who might have been in the area between 4am and 9am on Saturday morning for potential leads.

Squamish Mayor Karen Elliott said there are more than 200 people who work at the gondola, from the core team of leaders to seasonal workers.

The RCMP said Saturday they are working with Technical Safety BC and the gondola's manufacturer, Doppelmayr, in addition to walking the gondola line so that it can be properly inspected.

"We're just thankful that it did happen when it did and that it didn't affect or injure any tourists or employees of the Sea to Sky Gondola". The gondola is now closed.

The Sea to Sky Gondola, a sightseeing attraction in Squamish, British Columbia, wasn't operating at the time of the incident, which occurred around 4.30am local time, according to a statement on the gondola's website.

The Sea to Sky Gondola ride involves being carried from just above sea level to an altitude of 885m (2,900ft) in 10 minutes, where there are a number of viewing platforms and gorge bridges leading to hiking trails.