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Firefighters rescue people out of a cable car gondola in Cologne. Germany Sunday, July 30, 2017. A gondola of a cable car across the river Rhine became stuck on Sunday. (Martin Oversohl/dpa via AP)
Firefighters rescue people out of a cable car gondola in Cologne. Germany Sunday, July 30, 2017. A gondola of a cable car across the river Rhine became stuck on Sunday. (Martin Oversohl/dpa via AP)
Firefighters rescue people out of a cable car gondola in Cologne. Germany Sunday, July 30, 2017. A gondola of a cable car across the river Rhine became stuck on Sunday. (Martin Oversohl/dpa via AP)

VIENNA — German fire crews are focused on evacuating as many as 100 passengers from suspended cable cars that run over the Rhine River in Cologne after a gondola ran into a support pillar.

Public transportation authorities for the city in North-Rhine-Westphalia state say 32 of the cars were operating when the mishap occurred Sunday.

When the one car collided with the pillar, the others were brought to a stop.

The dpa news agency cites transport and fire department officials as saying that as many as 100 passengers were left stranded.

Witnesses report that fire crews are using a mobile crane to bring down the first of them.

No injuries are being reported.

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