EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 6, 2014

State investigates chairlift accident

By Paul Tennant
ptennant@eagletribune.com

---- — BENNINGTON, N.H. — The New Hampshire Department of Safety has investigated an accident at Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride, in which a child and an adult fell 25 to 30 feet from a chairlift.

The child was transported to Dartmouth Hospital by helicopter while the adult was taken to Monadnock Hospital by ambulance, according to the Department of Safety.

The accident happened Dec. 11. At approximately 4:05 p.m., two passengers fell from the Crotched Rocket detachable quad chairlift, according to the Department of Safety. A third passenger was not hurt and unloaded at the top of the lift to ski down and assist the victims. All three passengers are from Hollis, NH.

The tramway was installed in 2012. The loading interval is six seconds between chairs at design speed, giving the lift an uphill capacity of 2,400 people per hour, according to the Department of Safety.

The fall occurred approximately 90 seconds after loading at a distance of 1,300 feet from the lift terminal and a vertical drop of 25 to 30 feet to the ground. The information collected is consistent with a “misload” that led the minor to fall from the lift, according to Chief Tramway Inspector W. Briggs Lockwood, who investigated the accident. The other passenger that fell appears to have done so in an effort to help the minor.

Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride could not be reached for comment last night.