Police: Three injured after ski lift chair falls at Camelback Resort

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TANNERSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A day at the slopes took a terrifying turn for three people in the Poconos Sunday.

The chair on the ski lift they were riding on fell to the ground at Camelback Resort. Pocono Township Police Sergeant Miller responded to the scene. He says the chair carrying three passengers fell from the lift. It happened around 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

A father and his two children were seriously injured Sunday afternoon after falling nearly 30 feet from a ski lift at Camelback Resort in Tannersville.

Gingi Hilell of New Jersey was there skiing when he saw the chair carrying three passengers fall to the ground.

“I just bolted there. I wanted to make sure everyone was okay,” Hilell said.

Hilell is a volunteer EMT. He made sure everyone was breathing and checked over their injuries. He got people to help him move the chair off the victims who were trapped underneath.

“I’m glad I was there to help them. They were suffering from back pain and pelvic and head injuries,” Hilell said.

Ski patrol and local first responders arrived within minutes. Camelback released this statement Monday morning: “Camelback Resort is working with the appropriate state authorities to investigate yesterday’s incident involving the Sullivan lift. The health and safety of our guests and associates is and remains our number one priority.”

The Sullivan lift is closed until further notice. The mountain’s other lifts are still operating.

Hilell says he did notice the ski lifts had been shaking but he wasn’t sure why or if that would cause the chair to come off the cable. He says he was just in the right place at the right time. He urges everyone to learn about emergency first aid.

“I was there luckily and you never know what you could do. So if you could just go to a CPR class, that would be enough,” Hilell said.

Officials with Camelback denied Eyewitness News’ request for an interview. No word on the victims’ condition at this time.

Camelback did respond with an updated statement late Monday.

“We are devastated by the weekend’s events on the Sullivan Lift and our hearts go out to the family involved,” Shawn Hauver, managing director of Camelback Resort said. “We thank you for your patience as we continue to conduct a thorough investigation. In the meantime, the Sullivan Lift remains closed.”

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