Jan 2, 2016 6:51 PM

Boy falls from ski lift in Danbury, taken to hospital as a precaution

DANBURY - A boy fell off a chairlift at Ragged Mountain on Saturday afternoon, but ski patrol said he had no outward injuries and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The resort's General Manager Ryan Schramm said the boy was riding the Summit 6-pack, a multi-seat lift, with several other people when he fell just before 3:30 pm. It was not immediately clear whether the safety bar was down when the accident happened. Schramm said Ragged is currently investigating the accident and interviewing people who may have seen whether the safety bar was up or down.

The lift was about halfway up the mountain, when the boy fell onto the slope called Exhibition, which was not yet open to skiers, Schramm said. He said his best guess was that the fall was roughly 20 feet.

Ski patrol arrived and said the boy was conscious, talking and breathing normally and had no injuries that were immediately apparent. He was taken by ski patrol sled to the base lodge. His family was also on the mountain Saturday and were present following the accident. Schramm did not know if they were a local family or from out of state.

A medical helicopter was called when the accident was first reported but was turned back before it arrived. The boy was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, Schramm said.

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