Today there was an accident with one of the chairlifts in Sugarloaf mountain, it derailed in high winds. The sugarloaf accident sent skiers to up to 30 feet below on the slope, and we received a report that there were 6 of them injured. In a press statement Sugarloaf mountain authorities said:
“Today, at approximately 10:30am, the Spillway East Chairlift experienced a rope derailment. At this time, we have 6 injured guests who have been treated and transported from the mountain.
All available mountain safety personnel are at the scene. The injured parties have been taken off the mountain. Additionally, the remaining guests on the lift have all been successfully evacuated from the lift.
As of now, the cause of the incident is still unknown and is under investigation. “
According to them the issue of safety is always top priority in the mountain, and daily check ups on the system are done:
“The chairlift receives routine daily inspections for safety. Additionally, the chairlift receives weekly, monthly and yearly maintenance and testing. The lift is also inspected annually for it’s safety from the State of Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety.”