A father and two children were injured in a ski lift accident in Pennsylvania on Sunday, when a chair broke the elevator and crashed onto the slopes below.
The incident happened at Camelback Resort on Camelback Mountain in the Poconos on Sunday afternoon, local police told WBRE.
Authorities said the father and his two children fell at least 4.5 meters (15 feet) on the chair and sustained serious injuries when hitting the ground.
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Witness Douglas Mackie, who had two chairs on the same elevator, said the accident happened after the elevator suddenly stopped. The chairs started to sway and Mackie saw the father reach for his children.
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He told ABC 6 that the family chair “had really started to go wrong and went up almost vertically and they came out right away.”
“It went up like that, then straight down and bam!” he added in a separate interview with broadcaster WFMZ. “The children were screaming,” he said.
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Witness Gingi Hilell, who is an EMT volunteer, says he rushed to help after the chair fell.
“I just bolted down there. I wanted to make sure everyone was okay, ”he told WBRE. “They were suffering from back pain and pelvic and head injuries,” he said.
Rescue teams arrived at the scene a few minutes later.
“We are devastated by the events of the weekend on the Sullivan Elevator and our hearts go out to the family involved,” Camelback Resort said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience as we continue to conduct a thorough investigation. In the meantime, the Sullivan elevator remains closed. ”
Details of the victims’ injuries were not made public.
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