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The first victims of the Italian cable car tragedy have been named (Photo: EPA)

A doctor who worked on the front line of the Covid pandemic was among those killed when a cable car plunged 20 meters into an Italian mountain.

Roberta Pistolato was celebrating her 40th birthday with her boyfriend Angelo Gasparro, 45, when she died in the disaster on Sunday.

It was revealed that an hour before the accident, she had texted her sister, telling her, “We are going up in the cable car. “

Authorities have now confirmed that 14 people died when the cable car cable apparently snapped, sending the cabin back into the mountain until it detached from the line and crashed to the ground.

Engaged couple Silvia Malnati, 27, and Alessandro Merlo, 29, were also among those killed.

The lone survivor of Sunday’s horrific incident, a 5-year-old Israeli boy living in Italy, remained hospitalized in Turin on Monday with multiple fractures.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry identified him as Eitan Biran. His parents, Amit Biran and Tal Peleg-Biran, a couple of Israeli descent who study and work in Pavia, are also among the dead.

Their two-year-old son, Tom Biran, was killed at the scene, as were Peleg-Biran’s grandparents, Barbara and Yitzhak Cohen. The ministry said they arrived in Italy on May 19 to visit their granddaughter and great-grandchildren.

Doctor Roberta Pistolato celebrated her 40th birthday with her boyfriend Angelo Gasparro when they died (Image: repubblica.it)
Amit Biran with his wife Tal Biran. Their two-year-old son Tom has died while the other five-year-old is in serious condition in hospital

14 people are now known to have died in the crash (Photo: SplashNews.com)
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Cable car wire apparently snapped – sending it back down the mountain (Photo: SplashNews.com)

The horrific incident has raised questions about Italy’s infrastructure (Photo: Getty)

Amit Biran’s sister, Aya, was not involved in the crash and was at Eitan’s bedside at Regina Margherita Hospital in Turin while other family members travel to Italy from Israel to join her, the Foreign Ministry said.

The disaster at the top of the mountain of Mottarone – one of the most picturesque places in northern Italy – raised questions about the quality and safety of Italian transport infrastructure.

Transport Minister Enrico Giovannini went to the scene on Monday and announced an investigation into the “technical and organizational causes” of the accident.

Alessandro Merlo and Silvia Malnati and the family of Vedano Olona- Corriere.it

Engaged couple Alessandro Merlo and Silvia Malnati were also killed
The engaged couple Silvia Malnati and Alessandro Merlo climbed the mountain to enjoy the views (Image: repubblica.it)

Silvia Malnati and Alessandro Merlo climbed the mountain to enjoy the view (Photo: repubblica.it)

The mayor of Stresa, Marcella Severino, cited witnesses who said they heard a “loud whistle” apparently when the main cable broke.

She said the cabin backed up on the line until it apparently hit a pylon and then collapsed to the ground. He rolled over two or three times before crashing into the trees.

Some of the bodies were thrown from the car and were found among the trees, according to Ms Severino.

The funicular line is popular with tourists and locals alike to climb Mottarone, which reaches a height of almost 5,000 feet and overlooks several scenic lakes and the surrounding Alps in the Italian region of Piedmont.

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