December 28, 2010 by staff
“He is incredibly organized. They know what they do,” said Atkinson, while suspension of 30 to 40 feet above the ground. “They move very quickly.” The accident occurred on the spillway of the east side station, which runs all the way up the mountain, said Maureen Atkinson.
A gust of wind derailed cable chairlift Tuesday morning, according to a spokesman for the station, sending skiers tumbling. At least three people were injured, said CNN Newsource employee Akinson Robb, who was among about 100 skiers stranded on chairlifts 30 to 40 feet off the ground after the accident.
“We heard screams coming from below skiers than skiers were in the elevator, and we’ve been trapped since,” he told CNN’s Tony Harris. Skiers have to descend one at a time using harnesses and ropes, “said Atkinson.
“We have a bunch of people throwing ropes on the lift today,” Atkinson’s wife, Maureen, said. Robb Atkinson said the temperature was about 8 degrees with a wind of 20 mph to 30 mph. The station has received 20-22 inches of snow with blizzard weekend, “he said. A spokesman for the resort said that the cable lift derailed 10:30 to 10:45, and all the chairs on the cable fell to the ground.
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