Skiers flung from malfunctioning lift at Georgian resort
20 March, 2018, 04:49 | Author: Charlene Valdez
Authorities said at least 10 people were injured, most at the bottom of the lift when disabled chairs slammed into each other.
A awful accident occurred on a ski lift in Gudauri, Georgia when a malfunctioning elevator accelerated to a high speed and started crushing passengers.
Witness Peter Knyshov shared a video of the incident showing some people panicking and others being thrown aside from the speeding chair lift. The video showsskiers jumping out of the ski lifts even before reaching the exiting area to save themselves from ending up in a huge tangled pile-up of lifts.
"Our employees are already on their way to Gudauri", a spokesperson for the Austrian-based ski-lift manufacturer told The Telegraph.
"Numerous injuries to people who fell under the "meat grinder" from the collapsing chairs, fractures and bruises to those who had time or thought to jump off", reads his post, roughly-translated to English. Medical costs will be covered and reimbursed by GudauriSki Resort.
"The movement of the lift stopped and a minute later we drove back", one eyewitness, Ukrainian Iryna Iadak, told CNN.
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During the malfunction, the chairlift traveled in reverse at a high speed, whipping carriers around the terminal and hurling skiers from their seats.
"Representatives of the German company Doppelmayr, which constructed the lift, will arrive tomorrow and together with Georgian inspectors will examine what caused the crash", said Economy Minister Zaal Kumsishvili. According to Georgia Today, eight people were injured.
An investigation has reportedly been launched by the Georgian Interior Ministry.
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The Swedish Foreign office has confirmed that a citizen suffered injuries, and Aftonbladet reported that the woman is pregnant and had been staying in a hotel at the resort with her partner.
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