Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ski lift malfunctions, four chairs with riders slam into each other

Ski lift malfunctions, four chairs with riders slam into each other

A chairlift malfunction at Pennsylvania's Tussey Mountain left as many as 100 people stranded and five injured on Saturday, the Penn State Daily Collegian reports.

About five chairs slid backwards and slammed into each other, pinning skiers against each other. Several skiers were transported to a local hospital with non-lift threatening injuries as a result of the accident.

Officials said the lift was stopped and the ski patrol and emergency responders started to evacuate people from the lift. May not be able to run it today.

Tussey Mountain, which opened for the season Saturday, said the equipment had passed tests by the state Department of Labor & Industry's Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety Elevator Division.

Hussey Mountain said in a statement on Twitter: "There has not been a collapse". All passengers were safely removed from the lift before 1 p.m.

December 16 was the first day the slopes were open for the season.

According to a post on its Facebook page, the novice area and tube park are still open.

"At the time the office was notified of a lift malfunction and when this original tweet was made, we were under the impression it was exclusively a lift issue and there were no injuries".

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