Chair derails at Sugarloaf
A chair lift derailed at Sugarloaf Ski Resort, in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, at around 10:30 Tuesday morning, injuring six people. At the time of the accident approximately 220 people were on the lift.
It was the Spillway East lift, which derailed from the lift's eighth tower. According to a release from the ski area, five chairs fell an estimated 25 to 30 feet to the ground below. Ski patrol evacuated the remaining chairs after the incident.
The injured skiers were transported to nearby hospitals. According to Sugarloaf, at this point none of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.
"I looked to my left and could see the cable bouncing up and down," Jay Marshall, who was on a nearby lift, told the Associated Press. "I could see that the cable had come off the (track wheels). Once the thing started bouncing up and down beside me, I stopped looking. I didn't want to see it, honestly. It was terrifying."
The Spillway East is a fixed grip double chair installed in 1975 and regularly maintained. It was scheduled to be replaced with a new chair as a first priority in Sugarloaf's 2020 expansion and upgrade plan.