KELLOGG, Idaho - According to the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office, the victim from the Saturday night fatality has been identified as 26 year old Dylan T. Crosby of Rifle, Colorado.
Preliminary results of an autopsy performed today indicate that Crosby died of massive internal injuries and may have died on impact with the ground. A witness report indicates that Crosby climbed out a small side window of the gondola car onto the top of the car and then onto the cable downhill from the moving gondola car. According to the witness Crosby either lost his grip, or let go of the cable, as he reached the sheave wheels at one of the towers the cable is suspended from. There is still no clear explanation for why Crosby chose to do this, the Sheriff's dept. said.
According to a news release, Crosby was a welder with a construction crew that is working on the Yellowstone Pipeline near Murray in northern Shoshone County. Crosby reportedly consumed alcohol during the evening, but complete results of the autopsy are not yet available to establish his blood alcohol level.
Previous coverage: Shortly after 8:30pm on Saturday, August, 18th 2012 the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting that a man had fallen from a gondola car at Silver Mountain Ski & Summer Resort.
We now know the 26-year-old man died after climbing out of a small window of the moving gondola and was repeatedly warned by his companion to get back inside before he fell to his death approximately 85 feet to the rock and brush covered hillside below. Officials are not releasing the victim's name until next of kin have been notified.
KELLOGG, Idaho - The Shoshone County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a man on the Silver Mountain Gondola Saturday night.
The resort confirmed with our crews on scene that a man died Saturday night, but said the Shoshone County Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation and they could not comment further. Right now officials are not releasing any further information, though we are expecting a press release sometime Sunday night.
As soon as we learn any more information on this incident we will update this story.