Three people were killed and 11 injured today (April 2) when a car on Yerevan’s funicular fell from cables and landed in a yard at around 2:20 p.m. The cable car was approximately 10 to 15 meters above ground when it broke free, landing near a home at 26 Armenakyan Street.
Nine people were riding in the car (which has a 20-passenger capacity) that fell. One of the injured or dead is believed to have been on the ground when the car fell. Among the injured, two are reported in serious condition. Some of the injured were passengers of another car that shook from the accident.
The Department for Emergency Situations said the reason for the accident is not immediately known.
The funicular has been in operation since 1976, connecting the center of Yerevan with the Nork District. An estimated 500-600 passengers use it 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Friday’s accident is believed to be the first fatality or serious injury.