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Maine ski lift accident injures at least eight

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CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (WKOW) -- High wind is believed to be the primary factor in a ski chair lift accident that injured eight in Maine on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Sugarloaf resort says the preliminary findings were made Wednesday by inspectors from the Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety.

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MAINE (WKOW) -- Officials at a Maine ski area report that there are now at least eight people injured in an accident on a chair lift.

A chair lift has derailed on Maine's tallest ski mountain in high winds and injured several people who plummeted as far as 30 feet to the slope below.

Winds were about 40 mph at the time and about 220 people were on the lift.

Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin says five chairs came down. The resort says none of the injuries appear to be life threatening.

The resort says all the injured have been treated and being taken to hospitals.

Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin told The Associated Press that Tuesday's accident was "a big deal." He says one of the ski lifts derailed and five chairs came down.

The resort says on its Facebook page that most of the injuries appear to be minor. Austin says the ski patrol is evacuating the lift.

A spokeswoman for Franklin Memorial Hospital, about 45 minutes away in Farmington, says at least two injured people are en route by ambulance.

Gray says it's possible more injured people could arrive because it's the closest hospital.

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