The carabinieri have acquired the tremendous video, recorded by the security cameras, which encloses the accident at the Mottarone cable car in 24 seconds. These images are also in the proceedings of the Verbania Public Prosecutor’s Office: from the approach to the station to the collapse of booth number 3, everything is contained in a few tragic seconds. The video is assumed to be from crucial to help investigators understand what caused the tow rope to break.
In addition to the video of the crash that cost the lives of fourteen people, including two children, there is one that portrays Pietro Tarizzo, a seasonal worker since 2007 who that day was called to open the cabin once she reached the top. As you can see in the images and on the basis of what the person concerned then told, Tarizzo dodges for fear that the cable will end up on him and runs backwards with the aim of “preventing people waiting to approach and to save me . I pushed the button that activates the emergency brake on the hauling rope but it didn’t work”.
Before the accident, the video surveillance cameras had filmed what seemed to be the usual quiet trip on the cable car: there are those who adjust their goggles, those who adjust their rucksacks on their shoulders as they prepare to get off and those who watch the top approach from the window. But then comes that fateful moment that changes everything: the cabin swings back and forth, draws a semicircle backwards and when it comes back forward from the windows, no one can be seen.