Tussey Mountain Ski Lift Malfunctions On Opening Weekend

Update 3:24 p.m.: Tussey Mountain released a statement once again apologizing for injuries sustained as a result of the malfunctioning equipment that the ski resort affirmed had passed the Department of Labor and Industry’s Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety Elevator Division’s inspection.

“We take the safety of our guests very seriously, and are saddened to learn that there were non-life threatening injuries as a result of this accident,” the statement read. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this caused to all of our skiers and snowboarders and want to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and support.”

Update 12:29 p.m.: Tussey Mountain apologizes “to anyone who was offended” by the account using #sorry after multiple minor injuries sustained in ski lift malfunction.

Update 12:22 p.m.: The malfunction involved four chairs and caused minor injuries to five people, according to StateCollege.com. No serious injuries were reported.

Original story: The chair lift at Tussey Mountain malfunctioned Saturday morning — the first day of Tussey’s season.

Multiple fire departments, ambulances, and police have responded to the incident, according to the Centre Daily TimesEmergency crews appear to be lowering people with ropes, and several people left the scene in ambulances.

 

Alpha Fire Company confirmed via Twitter at least three companies are on the rescue.

 

A tweet from Tussey Mountain says there is no collapse, but ski patrol, EMS, and staff are evacuating everyone on the lift. “Still waiting on official word,” the tweet says.

Here’s what appears to be a scanner transcript from the incident, which says chairs slid backwards and slammed into each other, pinning people into the chairs with multiple injuries reported.

Tussey Mountain tweeted earlier this morning to apologize for “difficulties with the chairlift” saying it may not be able to run today. The timeline of events in relation to the tweet is unclear at this time. #sorry

Tussey Mountain is less than ten miles from campus; Penn State uses the area for snowboarding and skiing classes.

We’ll update this post with additional information as the situation develops.

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