More facts are coming out regarding the Sugarloaf ski accident that injured eight people in Maine. Apparently the chairlift had been declared unsafe by maintenance workers just minutes before it collapsed. High winds, hitting 45 miles per hour may have also contributed to the accident.
About 150 skiers were stuck on the 4,013-foot-long lift and five chairs fell 30 feet to the mountain below. Fortunately no one suffered critical injuries from the Sugarloaf accident. Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin told The New York Times that because of the heavy winds, the resort had decided to take several chairlifts out of service for safety reasons. The resort is now back open, although the lift in question remains closed as the State of Maine Elevator and Tramway Board investigates the accident.