Ski Lift Derails at Maine's Sugarloaf; Injuries Reported

(NECN: Carrabassett Valley, Maine) - Officials say there are six injuries in an accident on a chair lift at Maine's Sugarloaf ski area.

A spokesperson for the ski resort says one of the ski lifts derailed and five chairs came down.

Ski patrol is currently evacuating the lift.

A spokeswoman for Franklin Memorial Hospital about 45 minutes away in Farmington says at least two injured people are en route by ambulance.

CNN spoke by phone to people trapped on the lift. In this clip, one woman describes the ongoing rescue process.

The resort says on its Facebook page that most of the injuries appear to be minor.



Sugarloaf has released the following information:

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - At approximately 10:30 this morning, the Spillway East lift at Sugarloaf derailed from the lift's eighth tower. As a result of this derailment, five chairs fell an estimated 25-30 feet to the ground below. 

At this time there have been 6 injuries have reported. All injured guests have been treated and are being transported to area hospitals. At this point none of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.  

At the time of the accident there were an estimated 220 people on the lift. 

Sugarloaf Ski Patrol has responded and is in the process of evacuating remaining guests from the lift at this time. 

As more information becomes available, it will be shared.

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