Ski lift malfunctions, four chairs with riders slam into each other

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     STRANDED Rescue crew are using ropes to help skiers down from the lift

TWITTER STRANDED Rescue crew are using ropes to help skiers down from the lift

Around 10 a.m. Saturday, a chair carrying skiers and snowboarders slipped along the haul rope and slid backward into another chair, officials with Tussey Mountain ski resort in Centre County, around 82 miles northwest of Harrisburg, said.

Saturday was opening day for the slopes at Tussey Mountain.

"Our ski patrol, EMS and staff are working on evacuating anyone on the lift, off".

SKIERS were crushed after a ski lift malfunctioned sending chairs slamming into each other at a resort in Pennsylvania.

State police confirmed at least five people suffered minor injuries, the station reported.

It is unclear how many skiers remain stranded on the lift, but a WJAC reporter tweeted shortly after noon that rescue operations were still underway to get the remaining people off the broken down lift. Management said they were not yet sure if the main slopes would be open on Sunday as a mechanic was still evaluating the ski lift system.

"We take the safety of our guests very seriously, and are saddened to learn that there were non-life threatening injuries as a result of this accident", it reads. "We apologize to anyone who was offended by our hashtag".

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