ROME — The Israeli boy who survived last weekend’s deadly cable car crash in the Italian mountains is awake and will soon be moved out of intensive care, the hospital says.
The five-year-old has been in critical condition since the cabin plunged to the ground on the Mottarone mountain, killing the other 14 people inside, including his parents, younger brother and great-grandparents.
“Eitan is now awake and conscious in the intensive care unit, speaking with his aunt and looking around,” says a spokesman for Turin’s Regina Margherita hospital.
“From a clinical point of view, he is still in a critical condition due to his thoracic and abdominal trauma and the fractures to his limbs.
“In the next few days he will be taken out of intensive care and transferred to a hospital ward.”
Italian police yesterday arrested three senior managers from the cable car operating company over Sunday’s tragedy.
They are accused of deliberately deactivating the emergency brake that should have prevented the cable car from falling backwards when the cable snapped.