Opening Day Lift Malfunction at Tussey Mountain

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Ski patrol and emergency personnel lower skiers and snowboarders from a lift after it malfunctioned.

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Onlookers reported that the lift had stopped before the chairs slid into one another leaving skiers crushed together.

A witness told WJAC-TV she watched as the lift malfunctioned and several chairs crashed into each other.

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Tussey Mountain announced the mishap on Facebook at around 11:00 a.m.

A chairlift malfunction at Pennsylvania's Tussey Mountain left as many as 100 people stranded and five injured on Saturday, the Penn State Daily Collegian reports.

The last of the remaining skiers was evacuated from the lift at about 12:30 p.m. We have contacted the manufacturer of the lift to diagnose what caused the malfunction, as well as the appropriate state agencies prior to re-opening.

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It said that novice terrain and the tube park remain open. "Stay tuned. #sorry", which drew some criticism.

"At the time the office was notified of a lift malfunction and when this original tweet was made, we were under the impression it was exclusively a lift issue and there were no injuries".

It said the ski lift could not be restarted, and "all persons will have to be lowered by rope". "We apologize to anyone who was offended by our hashtag".

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