Accident paralyzes Zugspitze cable car

Following an accident during an emergency exercise on Wednesday evening, the new cable car at the Zugspitze, which was only opened in December 2017, was so badly damaged that it had to shut down for an indefinite period of time. 
The cost of the material damage had not yet been determined. The cause of the accident had to be investigated further, and the ropeway manufacturer was also involved. According to a report by broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, the cable car could be out of action for months.
Seilbahn Zugspitze (obs/Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG/M.Prechtl )
It’s still unclear when the cable car on Germany’s highest mountain will be operational again
It is regarded as a showcase project at Germany's highest peak: the 1,945 meters' difference in altitude from the valley station to the summit station is a world record. The two gondolas can carry 580 passengers per hour to the summit and thus cope with the rush of around half a million visitors to the Zugspitze each year with considerably less waiting time than with the predecessor, the Eibsee cable car.Until further notice, the Zugspitzbahn will remain out of service. First the damaged cabin has to be brought back down to the valley.
Unfall Bayerische Zugspitzbahn (picture-alliance/AG/AIRV/Bayerische Zugspitzbahn)
In the meantime, visitors to the Zugspitze can switch to the rack railway. The "Gletscherbahn" cable car to the summit is also still in regular operation. However, on the summit terrace, an area is closed off for the salvage work.