A ski resort in Maine was the site of a serious accident on Saturday when the resorts' chairlift malfunctioned injuring seven skiers. The accident occurred at the Sugarloaf Mountain resort when the chairlift began to go backwards abruptly causing panic amongst the riders. As the chairs moved in reverse, the speed of the lift increased and several of the skiers jumped from the chairlift. Although none of the individuals injured sustained life-threatening injuries, four people were transported to area hospitals for evaluation.
Saturday's chairlift accident is the second within the past five years at Sugarloaf Mountain. In 2010, five chairs derailed from the lift causing eight skiers to fall approximately 35 feet causing injuries. The chairlift passed the routine daily inspections as well as the state required inspection in October. The chairlift is 3,400 feet in length and at the time of the accident on Saturday, was carrying 230 riders. Sugarloaf Mountain officials stated that the lift would be closed until the investigation is complete.
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