Originally Posted by Billious
Can you tell me which lift it was? I'm glad I didn't renew my season pass at D.H. this year...
Chairlift #3, it's the main one that you can see from the cafeteria. There was a link on the TGR site to a small video clip.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r78g9mG2ugg&feature=player_embedded
Here is what I saw on the Devils Head website this morning:
To our friends and guests:
You’ve probably heard about the incident with Chairlift #3 on Thursday evening. We want to make sure that you’re kept aware of developments. The following press release was issued by the resort on Friday afternoon. We’ll keep you advised with regard to further developments.
DEVIL’S HEAD RESORT, STATE INSPECTORS INVESTIGATING CAUSE OF LIFT ACCIDENT
MERRIMAC, Wisc. – A team of investigators including state inspectors, tramway experts and staff members of the Devil’s Head resort are conducting an investigation into what led to a lift accident at the resort on Thursday evening.
The incident injured 14 skiers and snowboarders. Most of the injuries were minor. One person remains under observation in an area hospital.
Resort General Manager Joe Vittengl said that the resort’s entire staff was deeply concerned for the resort guests who were injured in the incident. “We’re contacting them and offering any assistance we can,” Vittengl said.
Vittengl said the lift had been inspected by an independent tramway engineer, per state regulations, on November 5, prior to the start of the ski season. It was given clearance to operate. Vittengel also said that the lift’s safety systems are routinely checked more frequently than industry standards require.
The lift was run by a veteran operator. Chairlifts of the type involved in the incident have four independent mechanisms to stop the lift in the event of an incident.
Vittengl said that despite inspections of all lifts just before the start of the ski season, the resort will have all lifts inspected again immediately.
“We want our guests to have fun,” he said. “But more importantly, we want them to be safe. It’s our top priority.”
The lift on which the incident occurred will remain out of service until the investigation is completed and repairs can be made. Other lifts at Devil’s Head continue to operate on normal schedule.