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post #1 of 6
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Saw this in the local paper today. Tragic. I have to wonder the details behind the incident.

 

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120105/NEWS05/120105012/Teen-dies-after-fall-from-Mass-ski-lift-?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

 

SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Authorities say an 18-year-old high school student has died after apparently suffering a seizure and falling about 30 feet from a ski lift in Shrewsbury.

A spokesman for the Worcester district attorney's office said in a statement that John Street of Upton was at Ski Ward ski area for training with the Nipmuc Regional High School ski team.

 

He was found face down and unconscious on the icy ground at about 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

He was pronounced dead at a hospital about a half hour later.

 

Fire officials said he was about one-third of the way up the chair lift when he fell and sustained a head injury.

 

The ski area's owner said the lift had no mechanical problems.

 

An autopsy is planned to determine a cause of death.

post #2 of 6

Saw this earlier.  Of all the ski areas that you would think could not produce a fatality, Ski Ward would be #1 on my list. 

 

Why would they need an autopsy though?  What will they learn?  "Falling 30 feet onto frozen ground is fatal"?

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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

Saw this earlier.  Of all the ski areas that you would think could not produce a fatality, Ski Ward would be #1 on my list. 

 

Why would they need an autopsy though?  What will they learn?  "Falling 30 feet onto frozen ground is fatal"?



...Or maybe he died from a seizure?rolleyes.gif

 

post #4 of 6
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Actually, unless they have done a lot of upgrades since the last time I was there ( back in the 80's), Ski Ward would rate pretty high on chances for a lift related fatality. I don't remember the infrastructure being exactly the latest and greatest there. Also, they said something about an seizure. So cause of death isn't a certainty. In any case, its an awful event, and my heart goes out to the young man's family and friends.

post #5 of 6

an 18 year old suddenly losing control of bodily functions and falling to his death... I'm guessing they want a toxicology result. In no way am I implying anything by that, just seems to me that a tox report would be SOP before the case was closed.

post #6 of 6

Exactly; since no one actually saw the individual fall or have a seizure, and no mention is made of seizure history, that's merely unsubstantiated conjecture at this point. I'm a little confused about the time of discovery (6:45 PM) - was he the last one riding up before closing the lift?  Was he not visible from the chair? 

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