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Sugarloaf ski lift derails, injures 8 in Maine

December 28, 2010 12:41:17 AM PST
A ski-lift accident at Sugarloaf resort in eastern Maine on Tuesday sent skiers plummeting 30 feet to the slope below.A chair lift derailed in 40-mph winds at Sugarloaf resort in Carrabassett Valley, which is about 120 miles north of Portland. Five chairs came down as 220 people rode the lift.

Eight people suffered injuries, including three children.

The lift was evacuated, and the injured were transported to hospitals.

A state official says the lift was properly inspected and licensed. The lift reportedly went into service in 1975 and recently passed inspection.

It is unclear whether winds or a mechanical malfunction caused the accident.

"We had to wait about an hour before someone came and they threw a rope over the wire and lowered us down with a harness," said one lift rider.

The resort says the lift was set for improvements but did not say when.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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