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Chairlift riders still shaken a day later


MERRIMAC (WKOW) -- Those involved in the incident are still reeling from the impact, 24 hours later.

They say it's not an accident they'll get over anytime soon. 27 News headed to Devil's Head Friday afternoon.

Yellow tape surrounds this chairlift, the very one that witnesses say suddenly went into reverse, out of control, down the hill Thursday night.. leaving this scene.. of chaos.

Myles Marshall jumped off the lift Thursday night. He says, "The lift was going back faster.. then faster.. it was going faster than it goes forward."

Thursday night's incident didn't stop business from continuing as usual at Devil's Head, with four lifts running.

Skiers and snowboarders still hit the slopes Friday, but some of the Thursday night visitors spent their day in the hospital.

Michael Hancock says, "It's obviously not broke.. probably tore something."

Michael's heading to the emergency room at St. Clare Hospital in Arab to get his knee checked out. It's the same emergency room filled with a scene of trauma Thursday night.

Dr. Kansas DuBray, St. Clare Hospital, says, "They were traumatized. A lot of them were crying, at least the ones I saw. They had some traumatic stress, but with the staff we had here, we handled it pretty good."

Others on the lift, not hurt, but still reliving the incident.

Marshall says, "Im like looking back.. something's wrong.. the thing breaks loose.... There were two others kids sitting behind us... they swung into the side of the machine.. I watched it happen. I didn't see them come around the other side."

Now many, left with a memory that won't go away anytime soon.

Marshall adds, "I don't think I'm going to be getting up in a lift for a while."

At this point the ski resort plans to open this weekend as usual. Four lifts were open Friday.

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