Over 200 skiers trapped as lift breaks at Maine resort
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Rescue efforts are underway to free more than 200 skiers trapped Tuesday at Maine's , which is located 120 miles north of . Several injuries were reported after a broke down; an employee at the resort said this caused several people to fall to the ground.
The Spillway East lift reportedly came to a halt during high winds due to a derailment. Around 10:30 a.m. ET, a cable slid over one tower's pulley leading to five chairs falling about 30 feet.
Ethan Austin, a resort spokesperson, revealed that several individuals were taken to near-by hospitals with non-life-threatening conditions. At the time, winds originating from this month's blizzard were blowing up to 43 miles per hour, according to the. Austin confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the lift was carrying around 220 people at the time of the breakdown.
Efforts to remove trapped skiers are in progress Tuesday afternoon.
- "December blizzard slams Northeastern United States" — Wikinews, December 28, 2010
- "Efforts to free trapped, injured skiers under way at Maine resort" — , December 28, 2010
- Lee Kamlet. "Skiers Plummet When Maine Ski Lift Derails" — , December 28, 2010