Skiers jumping from lift as it malfunctions

19 March, 2018, 12:47 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • It is thought that the accident may have been caused by the lift's breaks not working properly or by a voltage fluctuation

A ski resort in Georgia was transformed into a scene from a horror movie Friday after a malfunctioning chairlift sent skiers flying.

The incident left at least 11 people injured, with eight hospitalized in stable condition, Nino Mamaladze, a Georgian ministry of health official, told ABC News.

The lift at the Gudauri ski resort in Georiga, a country in Eurasia, went out of control, moving backwards quickly.

Video of the ski lift's glitch shows individual chairs whipping down the mountain at high speeds, at one point crashing into one another.

'The speed increased, it was out of control.

Several other witnesses have since uploaded videos from the frightening accident, each showing a different angle of riders being tossed from the lift.

"The lift stopped for a minute".

"People who fell under the "meat grinder" after the chairs collided received numerous injuries," Knyshov wrote on Facebook, RT reported. "Many did not manage to jump off and were thrown out from the impact", she added.

Despite yesterday's ski-lift accident, Gudauri continues to offer visitors various attractions, including a youth skiing tournament for the national cup of Georgia organised by the Georgian Ski Federation.

"Three of us were on a ski lift when it stopped". One of the injured is a pregnant woman, but she only complains of pain in the back.

"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.



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