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Ski Resort Workers Die in Unrelated Accidents

Ski Resort Workers Die in Unrelated Accidents

By the SAM Resort News
posted: 01/01/2000

Breckenridge, CO, Dec. 11, 2000 (SAM Magazine)--A Breckenridgeseasonal employee was hit and killed yesterday morning by a shuttle busdriven by another resort employee and a maintenance worker at MountainCreek, N.J., was electrocuted Thursday night by a power line sagging underthe weight of snow and ice.

The Breckenridge accident occurred at just before 8:30 a.m. when the driverof the bus, Matthew Moulton, apparently reached down to adjust the bus'sheat as he was travelling down Village Road and lost control. The bus leftthe road and struck August Berndt, 38, who was standing on the sidewalk.According to the Colorado State Patrol, the bus hit Berndt and a light polesimultaneously, killing Berndt instantly. The 22-year-old driver of thebus, which was empty of passengers at the time, was charged with carelessdriving causing death.

"It's a dark day," said Jim Felton, the resort's communications director."Our thoughts and prayers are with the employees as well as with the familyof Mr. Berndt." Felton added that Breckenridge had counselors come to theski area to talk to other employees that might need help dealing with thetragedy.

At Mountain Creek, 21-year-old Aurle Quick was working on snowmakingequipment in a lighted area when he came into contact with a 115,000 voltutility power main that was hanging just five feet off the ground. Thehigh-tension wire, normally suspended 50 feet in the air, crosses theIntrawest-owned resort to a nearby substation serving Vernon andsurrounding areas. Quick, who had been an employee for the last twoseasons, was found 10 to 15 feet from the line when the Vernon firedepartment arrived. Attempts to revive Quick using CPR failed. The accidentoccurred just two days before the resort opened.

"Our foremost concern at this time is Aurle's family and community," saidCharles Blier, Mountain Creek GM. The resort was collecting part of itslift-ticket revenue from the weekend in a fund for Quick's family and hadcounselors on hand help console other employees. Blier added that thenatural terrain in the area funnels skiers away from the area and that theaccident was still under investigation by police and utility officials.

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