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dateline: 02 August 2017

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Dozens Rescued in Germany After Cable Car Accident

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • cable car: a mode of transportation where small compartments travel along a cable (thick wire)
  • dozens: a large number of people, but usually less than 100
  • incident: an event
  • pillar: a tall structure that offers support
  • dangle: to hang above something
  • crane: a piece of machinery that allows people to reach very high places

Dozens Rescued in Germany After Cable Car Accident

Dozens of people were in Cologne, Germany on Sunday after a crashed into a support pillar. The cable car system stopped working after the incident, leaving adults and dangling 40 metres above the River Rhine. Fire crews used a mobile crane to rescue about 75 people. No major were reported. The cable car system the zoo to a popular park on the other side of the river.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did this incident take place?
  2. Why did the cable cars stop working?
  3. How did the stranded people get to safety?

Discussion Questions: Are you afraid of heights or are you fine with them? How do you think you would react if you were stranded for hours in a cable car?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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