(CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine) -- Investigators will take a close look Wednesday at a Maine ski lift that broke Tuesday morning, sending five chairs of people plummeting more than 20 feet to the snow-packed ground below.
At least six people were injured when a line on the chairlift at the Sugarloaf ski area suddenly snapped. The resort said none of the injuries were life-threatening.
Longtime skier Rebecca London said everything seemed normal as she rode the chairlift until it stopped for a second time. Then, without warning, she suddenly realized she was falling.
"It [the lift] kind of jerked backwards and then all the sudden I could feel myself falling and see the chair in front of me falling as well," London, 20, told ABC News Wednesday. "It was happening so fast I really didn't have time. ... I didn't even realize what had happened until I was on the ground."
Investigators are reportedly looking at wind as a possible cause of the accident on the Spillway lift, given that there were 40-mph gusts at the time. The lift had been closed earlier in the day because of the high winds but reopened half an hour before the accident.
Witnesses also said a worker appeared to be in the middle of repairing part of the lift tower at the time of the accident, which a spokesman for Sugarloaf could not confirm.
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