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Five injured as broken chairlift traps skiers above the slopes

Joe Roberts for Metro.co.uk

Five injured as broken chairlift traps skiers above the slopes
Four chairlifts were worryingly pinned together (Picture: Tussey Mountain Ski Area)

A malfunctioning ski lift injured five people when a number of chairs slid backwards into each other in a shocking domino effect.

Skiers and snowboarders were pinned in their chairs on Tussey Mountain, Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, this morning.

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The malfunction was caused when one chair slid backwards into another and by the time the lift had been stopped, four chairs were slammed together.

The shocking incident was caught on social media as the emergency services evacuated the chairlift and rescued those trapped.

Everyone trapped had to be hoisted down to safety.

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Emergency services scramble to rescue the stranded skiers (Picture: AP)

In a statement on Twitter, the company that operates the ski resort said: ‘A malfunction occurred on a section of one of our chairlifts.

‘A chair carrying skiers and snowboarders slipped along the haul rope and slid backwards into the chair following it, which caused a domino effect that subsequently resulted in a total of four slipped chairs.’

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The company said they ‘take the safety of our guests very seriously’ and were ‘saddened’ to learn that several people were injured.

‘We have begun taking the necessary steps to ensure a situation like this will never happen again,’ the statement added.

‘We have contacted the manufacturer of the lift to diagnose what caused the malfunction.’

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Rescue teams use a rope to lower a stranded boy down (Picture: AP)

The five people who were injured are all reportedly mountain staff and no one suffered life threatening injuries.

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The chairlift will reportedly reopen on Friday if it passes safety tests.

The ski company sparked further fury when it used the hashtag #sorry in an online statement.

A woman angrily responded: ‘My husband, your employee is sitting here in the ER. So is another employee… Sorry???

At the time the office was notified of a lift malfunction and when this original tweet was made, we were under the impression it was solely a lift issue and there were no injuries. We apologize to anyone who was offended by our hashtag.

— Tussey Mountain (@TusseyMountain) December 16, 2017

‘How about you show some concern for the employees and other people injured???’

Later, the resort apologised for its use of the word.

‘At the time the office was notified of a lift malfunction and when this original tweet was made, we were under the impression it was solely a lift issue and there were no injuries.

‘We apologize to anyone who was offended by our hashtag,’ they said.

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