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Sugarloaf Mountain: Seventh person reported injured in ski lift derailment

December 28, 2010 |  2:47 pm

Sugarloaf Mountain A seventh passenger has reportedly been injured after a chair lift derailed at Maine's Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort Tuesday.

A news release issued by Sugarloaf officials states that the individual had been checked at the scene by resort medical personnel and had said he was fine. However, he later reported feeling some pain and was transported to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine, as a precautionary measure.

An inspector from the Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety arrived at the resort Tuesday afternoon to conduct an investigation into the cause of the incident on the Spillway East chairlift.  

Sugarloaf personnel are assisting in the investigation, and additional engineers are expected to arrive Tuesday evening and will join the investigation team on Wednesday, the resort said.

"We're deeply concerned about those who were injured, and we're committed to understanding the cause of this incident," Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin said. "We want our guests to have fun, but our first priority is their safety."

The resort plans normal operations for the remainder of the week, with the exception of the Spillway East lift, which will remain closed until a preliminary investigation is completed and the lift is cleared by state officials to resume operation.


Ski lift derailment at Maine resort leaves several injured

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Sugarloaf Mountain. Credit: Ethan Austin