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One dead & 10 injured after cable car smashes into post in Turkey as tourists left stranded mid-air

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AT LEAST one person has died in a horror cable car collision in Turkey with 10 others injured.

Hundreds of emergency teams arrived to the popular resort to rescue petrified holidaymakers stranded in the air after one of the cars smashed into a pole.

A rescue team working to save hundreds of trapped holidaymakers at a resort in Turkey

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A rescue team working to save hundreds of trapped holidaymakers at a resort in TurkeyCredit: IHA via AP
The battered remains of the cable car swinging above the mountain as rescuers attend to injured locals

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The battered remains of the cable car swinging above the mountain as rescuers attend to injured localsCredit: Getty
At least 128 people have been rescued from 16 cables so far

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At least 128 people have been rescued from 16 cables so farCredit: Getty
Rescuers worked tirelessly through the night to save as many holiday goers as possible

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Rescuers worked tirelessly through the night to save as many holiday goers as possibleCredit: Getty

The man has been named by the governor’s office as 54-year-old Turkish local Memiş Gümü.

Six other Turkish citizens and one Kyrgyz national were also injured and were quickly taken to hospital.

Two are thought to have been children.

Health minister Dr Fahrettin Koca later reported another three are also in hospital being treated.

Koca wrote on X: “One person died and 10 people were injured as a result of a cable car cabin falling in Antalya’s Konyaaltı district.

“May God have mercy on our citizen who lost his life in the accident, I wish a speedy recovery to our injured, and I wish a speedy recovery to the rescued and waiting to be rescued victims.”

The initial eight are believed to have been riding in the same car when it fell into a rocky area above the resort at around 6pm local time on Friday night.

The connecting pole that smashed into the car fell “for an undetermined reason”, say local media. 

Harrowing images show the state of the battered cable car involved in the terrifying collision.

The windows have been smashed and the thick metal carcass of the cable car has been brutally dented.

Moment ski-goers are left dangling in the air as 60mph winds violently toss Italy cable car from side to side

Muhittin Bocek, Antalya metropolitan municipality mayor, said at least 128 people have been rescued from 16 cable cars so far.

But rescue missions are ongoing for eight other cars with another 60 still stranded.

Bocek said this morning: “Our specialised teams are here. God willing, we will rescue them all in a short time

The rescue operation saw more than 160 first responders rush to the holiday hotspot including helicopter crews and mountaineering teams.

The huge rescue operation saw around 500 emergency workers helping out.

Many arrived from all over Turkey due to the severity of the situation.

The cable cars carry tourists from Konyaalti beach to a restaurant and viewing platform at the summit of the 2,027ft Tunektepe peak.

It is run by Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and takes around nine minutes to make the journey.

The tragic accident happened on the final day of Turkey’s celebrations marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Families often flock to coastal resorts in the area to enjoy the days after Eid al Fitr.

An investigation has been launched by the Antalya prosecutor’s office to determine the cause of the crash.

The cable car left all passengers on board injured

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The cable car left all passengers on board injuredCredit: Getty
Over 50 people are thought to be still stranded in the air as they wait to be rescued

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Over 50 people are thought to be still stranded in the air as they wait to be rescuedCredit: Getty
Hundreds of rescuers worked to save tourists including air crew and mountain rescuers

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Hundreds of rescuers worked to save tourists including air crew and mountain rescuersCredit: Getty

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