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Ski Resort's Chairlift Reopens After Accident Injures 7

The updated King Pine lift reopened on Monday at Sugarloaf

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    Ski Resort's Chairlift Reopens After Accident Injures 7
    David Souweine

    Maine's Sugarloaf ski area has completed the $800,000 upgrade of a chairlift that rolled backward last season, injuring seven skiers.

    The updated King Pine lift reopened on Monday at Sugarloaf.

    Resort officials say the quad lift features a redesigned gear box and the latest electronic, braking, and anti-rollback technology. The towers and chairs were from the previous lift.

    Investigators determined the mechanical failure on the 27-year-old lift in March was caused by a broken drive shaft in a gearbox. A faulty switch prevented an anti-rollback system from locking the lift and an emergency braking system failed to activate automatically.

    Mechanical Failure Caused Lift Accident

    [NECN] Sugarloaf: Mechanical Failure Caused Lift Accident
    The day after seven people were injured when a chairlift went backward, the Maine ski resort released preliminary findings on what caused the accident.
    (Published Sunday, March 22, 2015)

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