Ski Lift Accident Results In Injuries - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Several Hurt As Chairs Drop From Maine Ski Lift

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) - A Maine ski lift that sent people plummeting to the snow below was about 35 years old and apparently on a list of those to be upgraded or replaced.

Season pass holder Betsy Twombly of Falmouth says the Sugarloaf resort told her the lift would be the first to be replaced under a 10-year improvement plan.

Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin says the lift was on a list of those to be improved but declined to say when that was due to happen.

Six people were taken to hospitals after Tuesday's accident. Resort officials say five chairs fell 25 to 30 feet onto new-fallen snow.

Officials say the lift went into service in 1975 and was properly inspected and licensed for this season. State inspectors are on the scene.

 

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