Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Vandalism suspected in crash of cable cars near Vancouver

Vandalism suspected in crash of cable cars near Vancouver

The Sea To Sky Gondola in Squamish is closed after a cable detached and a gondola came crashing to the ground early Saturday morning. "They're not elevated. But that does not mean that 31 cars have been damaged".

Police in Canada have launched an investigation into an incident where someone deliberately cut the cord of cable auto gondola, felling the 2-km route, the media reported on Sunday.

Ashley MacKay said authorities are inspecting the full length of the cable. "The cable is made up of steel and multiple strands".

"I just can't even believe someone would do this".

No one was injured since the cabin cars don't start running until 9:30 a.m., she said.

Couples who planned to celebrate their nuptials at the mountaintop venue in the coming weeks are scrambling to find alternate venues, as more than 200 people employed by the Sea to Sky Gondola face uncertainty over the fate of their jobs.

There is now no estimated timeframe for repairs or when the Sea to Sky Gondola will reopen.

"Our immediate thoughts go out to the entire team at the Sea to Sky Gondola as they respond to this reality".

Gondola spokesman Ken Bailey says the company will do what it can to help police in their probe.

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Triance said the vandalism caused more than $1 million in property damage, not to mention lost revenue. "It's one cable that carries the cabin cars up, comes around at the top station and that same cable carries them down to the bottom".

"We don't know how long it's going to take us to figure out the cause", Bailey told CTV News. There are about 20 towers along the gondola system.

"There's 31 cars on the line and we suspect that all of the cars are on the ground. Approximately half of them are on the ground".

Officers are now working at the scene with Technical Safety BC and manufacturers Doppelmayr.

'We recognize the potential of what could have been and are thankful that no one was injured. "At this point we have no reason to believe that other businesses or attractions will be affected".

The gondola, a popular tourist attraction, collapsed shortly after 4:30 a.m. Saturday after its steel cable was deliberately cut, according to RCMP who are conducting a criminal investigation into the incident.

"No guests or staff were on the gondola and no injuries were sustained in the incident", Sea to Sky Gondola said.

Nearly all of the 30 cars attached to the cable crashed to the ground. "The world's prominent lift manufacturer have given us their best".

The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish is closed for the foreseeable future due to a "major lift incident" according to an alert posted to its website. The trip from the base to the summit - 885 metres above sea level - gives visitors views over Howe Sound.

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