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Mar 21, 2015 12:04 PM

Ski lift accident injures 7 at Sugarloaf; lift evacuated


CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Sirens blared across Sugarloaf Mountain just before noon Saturday.

Fire and police crews descended on the mountain when the King Pine chairlift malfunctioned.

As of 2 p.m. Saturday, all guests had been successfully evacuated from the King Pine lift. About 230 guests were evacuated.

Seven guests were hurt, and four were taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital. Resort spokesman Ethan Austin said the resort believes the injuries are not life-threatening.

"Our first concern is with the guests who were injured and all of those who were impacted by the incident at the resort today," Austin said. "Our staff is working with the Tramway Board on a thorough investigation, and we are committed to understanding the full cause of today's incident."

According to Sugarloaf officials, the lift experienced a rollback - when the chairlift rolls backward.

The nine-chair rollback did not cause the lift to de-rope, however.

This is the second time in 5 years that a chairlift accident has occurred at Sugarloaf.

The earlier accident on the Spillway Lift was deemed a mechanical failure, and the lift was replaced with a new state-of-the-art, high-speed quad lift.

As of 4:30 p.m. Sugarloaf officials said an inspector from the Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety is on site to help investigate.

Stay with NH1 News and NH1.com for more on this developing story.


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