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Failed Maine ski lift was due for load test



PORTLAND, ME (WKOW) -- The lift that failed at a Maine ski area in December 2010 was more than three weeks overdue for a load test when a cable derailed and injured eight skiers.

The state had granted an extension to give the Sugarloaf resort more time for the test, which is supposed to be conducted every seven years. Records from the Maine Elevator and Tramway Board show that the Spillway East chairlift last received a load test on December 4, 2003.

Doug Dunbar of the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation said Friday that the lift was properly licensed and passed all annual inspections.

The chairlift remains closed during this investigation. Officials say there will be extensive testing, including load tests, before the lift reopens.


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