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High wind blamed in Maine ski-lift accident

Officials determined that high wind was the primary factor in Tuesday's ski-lift accident that left eight injured in Maine (Ben Martin)

December 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
High wind was the primary factor in Tuesday's ski-lift accident at Sugarloaf resort in eastern Maine that left eight people injured, officials said.The lift derailed, sending five lift chairs plummeting about 30 feet.

A resort spokesman said preliminary findings made by state inspectors point to the 40-mile an hour winds that were blowing at the time.

Skiers are still shaken up by the accident.

"We were about six chairs up from where it fell and my mom, she fell off and she's at the hospital right now with a cracked rib," said witness Tabor van Risen. "It was pretty scary because we were up there for a really long time, so we didn't want anything else to happen."

Six of the eight injured skiers are now out of the hospital.


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