Chair Falls from Cable at Red Lodge

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SAM Magazine-Red Lodge, Mont., Dec. 29, 2011-A chair on the Willow Creek chairlift detached from the cable and fell to the ground at Red Lodge Mountain Resort yesterday afternoon. Two guests riding the chairlift at the time were injured and taken off the mountain. The chairlift was safely unloaded and shut down. The chairlift will remain closed until the authority with jurisdiction deems it safe for operation.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

All chairlifts at Red Lodge are inspected each fall by a professional engineer specializing in ropeways prior to beginning operation, and receive ongoing safety checks, testing and maintenance. Red Lodge said in a statement that it will continue to take all reasonable measures necessary to operate the resort in a safe and responsible manner.