CORNWALL, Conn. (WTNH– A chairlift accident at Mohawk Mountain sent a boy to the hospital. This is the second accident at that ski area in just a week and it may have been easily avoided.
A teenager was taken to the hospital after falling off a ski lift at Mohawk Mountain during a class trip. The 14-year-old boy fell from the lift around 4 PM. The teen was with fellow students from his high school race team. He was riding the lift with another schoolmate when he slid off, falling 15 to 20 feet.
“Patrol was notified immediately, they were on scene as fast as they possibly could,” said Trish Morrissey, Mohawk Mountain.
The 14-year-old was transported to Sharon Hospital before being taken by Lifestar to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The spokesperson for Mohawk Mountain says the lift had a restraint, but it wasn’t pulled down.
“The lift operator will sometimes remind them to put the lift down. Um, we suggest to people that before you get on a lift, you learn how to use a lift,” said Morrissey.
Skiers say they always put the safety bar down.
“You don’t want to fall off. There’s – you look under, you see rocks, you see ice, you know. The spots where the lift is are usually the most dangerous spots on the mountain,” said Cutter Pinciaro, Skier.
“The bar is there, and it’s nice to have, it makes you feel a bit better when you have it on, than it is when it’s off. Because when it’s off, it’s kind of slippery sometimes from the snow, the powder getting onto it,” said Cameron McKenna, Skier.
Even the best skiers say, accidents happen.
“You could forget to put it up, you could be talking to somebody. Like we always just bond, talk on the lifts, and I don’t know, sometimes you forget to put it down,” said Jason Waxman, Skier.
“It’s the risk you take going, I guess. Getting up on a lift car,” said John Kosma, Skier.