Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Minor Injuries Reported After Ski Lift Malfunction at Tussey Mountain

Stuart Franklin Stuart Franklin
Melinda Barton | 17 December, 2017, 01:11

Tussey Mountain initially tweeted out that they were having difficulties with the chairlift, but they were working on it, using the hashtag "sorry" at the end of the tweet.

Six ambulances, police officers and multiple fire engines are reportedly on the scene.

It is unclear how many skiers remain stranded on the lift, but a WJAC reporter tweeted shortly after noon that rescue operations were still underway to get the remaining people off the broken down lift. That caused a domino effect to several other lift chairs.

Ski patrol and emergency personnel lower skiers and snowboarders from a lift after it malfunctioned.

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Photos show some skiers wedged together on the lift after several chairs collided.

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.

Bradley Smail said the ski lift was immediately shut down. May not be able to run it today. Management said they were not yet sure if the main slopes would be open on Sunday as a mechanic was still evaluating the ski lift system. All passengers were safely removed from the lift before 1 p.m.