Seven Injured In Lift Accident At Sugarloaf

Mar 22, 2015

Tweeted photo: A snowboarder is rescued during the lift evacuation at Sugarloaf.

Seven people have been injured in a chairlift accident at a Maine ski area, though none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

Sugarloaf Mountain Resort spokesman Ethan Austin says four of the injured were taken to a hospital for treatment.

About 200 people were riding the King Pine quad lift Saturday morning when the lift stopped, then went backward. The lift was stopped and evacuated.

The resort says the injured were treated by ski patrol and taken off the mountain to emergency medical responders at the scene.

An inspector from State of Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety is on site to investigate the cause of the accident.

Sugarloaf was the site of another chairlift accident in 2010 in which a 35-year-old lift derailed, injuring eight skiers.