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Six Injured After Chair Derails at Sugarloaf

Around 10:30 this morning, an aging double chair derailed at Sugarloaf, Maine.
posted: 12/28/2010
Sugarloaf, Maine, April 28

The cable of Sugarloaf's Spillway East Lift derailed earlier this morning causing several chairs to fall nearly 30 feet to the ground.

Six people were reportedly injured in the incident, however they have all been transported to area medical facilities. None of the injuries appear to be life threatening.

High winds may have contributed to the derailment, but “the cause of the incident is still unknown and is under investigation,” according to a statement released by the resort.

Built in 1975, the lift receives daily safety checks and must undergo regular maintenance inspections conducted by both resort personnel and the State of Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety.

To make matters worse, the holiday week between Christmas and New Years can be one of the busiest times at Sugarloaf, especially on a powder day. Last night's storm left nearly two feet on the mountain. Approximately 220 people were on the crowded Spillway East when the accident occurred, and it took nearly two hours to evacuate the remaining people off the lift.

For more information, read Sugarloaf’s official statement here.

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