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No word on chair lift injury

ABHUTCHISON, Sierra Sun

The condition of the 16-year-old boy injured at Northstar-at-Tahoe in December when the chair he was riding detached from the cable and fell to the ground is still unconfirmed.

The teen was riding a chair that became detached from the cable just after lifting him from the loading platform. He fell between four and six feet, according to authorities.

Members of Northstar’s ski patrol administered first aid and Truckee Fire Protection District paramedics transported him to Tahoe Forest Hospital, where the boy was then flown to a Roseville area hospital.

“We transported a 16-year-old with lower back pain to Tahoe Forest Hospital,” said Truckee Fire Protection District Chief Mike Terwilliger. “We never found out what the exact injuries were.”

Chief Terwilliger said the patient was flown down to the valley for further treatment. Flight transport does not always mean the injuries are serious, he said, as it is possible the family’s medical insurance may have required he switch facilities or his parents wanted him closer to home.

“There was no indication that his injuries were critical,” he added.

Because the victim is a minor, his name was not released at the time of injury.

Northstar’s Communications Manager Erin Bernall said that at this point Northstar is not at liberty to release information about the incident and that it is being handled by the risk management department of Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Northstar’s parent company.

They would not comment on whether or not legal action might result from the incident.

The incident occurred on Friday, Dec. 29 on the Echo ski lift. The boy had been visiting the ski area with his family.


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