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Ski lift derailment at Maine resort leaves several injured

December 28, 2010 | 10:37 am


At least six people were injured Tuesday after a chair lift derailed at Maine's Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort.

Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin told Fox News that five chairs plunged 25 to 30 feet, and that the ski lift has been evacuated.

Emergency responders were on scene, and those injured have been transported to a hospital, according to the report.

Austin said that none of the injuries are considered life-threatening, and that most of the victims are reporting "lower back problems."

Though the incident is still under investigation, Austin suggested that high winds might have caused the derailment. "We're kind of known as a windy mountain," he said.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: A snowboarder makes his way down Sugarloaf Mountain alongside a ski lift in this file photo released by Sugarloaf USA. Credit:  Associated Press / Sugarloaf USA