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Sugarloaf Ski Accident Investigation: Winds to Blame?

Photo Courtesy - Liz Hinckley/ Facebook(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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Ski Lift Derails at Maine Resort; Skiers Trapped, Injured

Photo Courtesy - Liz Hinckley/Facebook(CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine) -- A ski lift in Maine, crowded with holiday skiers, derailed Tuesday and sent more than a half-dozen skiers plunging 50 feet to the ground. A rescue effort was immediately launched to reach the skiers who fell, as well as dozens of other skiers trapped on the lift at Sugarloaf Mountain ski area in Carrabassett Valley.

The resort reported on its Facebook page that the accident occurred on the Spillway East chairlift, and that eight people were believed injured. The resort called the injuries "minor."

Franklin County Emergency Management told ABC affiliate WMTW that officials received word of a "condition yellow" which means people were injured, not critically.

A spokeswoman for Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington said two of the injured people were being taken there by ambulance.

Conditions at the time of the accident were blustery. The National Weather Service reported winds in the area gusting from 29 to 43 miles per hour. The temperature was 12 degrees at the time, resulting in a windchill of minus-nine.

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