B.C. Government Shuts Down Ski Resort after Chair Lift Accident

B.C. government has announced to have shut down operations of a small Okanagan ski resort, Crystal Mountain Resort, on Sunday after four people got injured when its chairlift broke and three chairs fell six metres to the ground below. According to a statement issued by The B.C. Safety Authority, the ski resort was shut down soon after the incident occurred on Saturday, when an empty chair reportedly swung into a tower and knocked the cable off its track and sent three chairs to the ground.

The agency noted that the ski resort was the only one in the province to have been fined last year for its unsafe lifts. The incident caused injuries to two men, a teen boy and a woman were injured. The safety authority spokesperson, Quinn Newcomb, explained that one among them was in critical condition on Sunday afternoon, whereas the rest of the four victims were mountain staff. A statement from the resort near West Kelowna revealed that the three victims whose injuries were not critical still had broken ribs, a broken leg and a hurt shoulder.

The agency confirmed to have suspended the resort’s operating licence until three on-site investigators determine that its two chairlifts and T-bar are operating safely. Newcomb stated that “we just want to make sure that any risks of reoccurrence are mitigated before allowing operations to continue.” Furthermore, he added that “these types of incidents are very, very rare and chairlifts are very safe in general.”

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