Officials continue to investigate chairlift incident

Michael Moore / Sentinel Staff

A chair from the Granite Gorge chairlift sits on the ground after it was removed for inspection by state officials Monday.

This article has been updated with information from the N.H. Tramway and Amusement Ride Safety Division.

ROXBURY — A mechanical issue on the double chairlift caused an accident at Granite Gorge Ski Area that sent two people to the hospital Sunday, investigators said.

The preliminary investigation found a problem with the carrier grip, which connects a chair to the carrying-hauling rope, according to a news release from the N.H. Tramway and Amusement Ride Safety Division. The division and the state Fire Marshal's Office continue to investigate how and why the problem occurred.

The lift was given the OK to reopen after all the systems and chairs were tested, the release said.

At about 2:35 p.m. Sunday, a chair on the double chairlift carrying two adults slid backward down the lift and collided with the next chair, which was carrying two children, the release said. 

The lift was shut off. Emergency responders extricated the people from the chairlift and brought them down off the mountain, Keene fire officials said. 

The two adults were taken by ambulance to Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene for evaluation and were later released; the two children were not injured, the release said.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1435, or Follow her on Twitter @ADandreaKS.

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