Skier Suffocates In Bizarre Chairlift Accident At Colorado Resort | TODAY

Skier Suffocates In Bizarre Chairlift Accident At Colorado Resort | TODAY


BUT TODAY, INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW A TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW A NEW JERSEY MAN LOADING A SKI NEW JERSEY MAN LOADING A SKI LIFT, SLIPPED THROUGH HIS SEAT LIFT, SLIPPED THROUGH HIS SEAT AND DIED. AND DIED. THIS MORNING, VISITORS AT VAIL, THIS MORNING, VISITORS AT VAIL, COLORADO’S SCENIC SKI RESORT ARE COLORADO’S SCENIC SKI RESORT ARE ON ALERT, AFTER OFFICIALS SAY A ON ALERT, AFTER OFFICIALS SAY A NEW JERSEY MAN WAS ASPHYXIATED NEW JERSEY MAN WAS ASPHYXIATED TRYING TO LOAD A CHAIR LIFT. TRYING TO LOAD A CHAIR LIFT. HE SLIPPED THROUGH A GAP IN HIS HE SLIPPED THROUGH A GAP IN HIS SEAT AND WAS LEFT HANGING FROM SEAT AND WAS LEFT HANGING FROM THE CHAIR AFTER HE WAS ENTANGLED THE CHAIR AFTER HE WAS ENTANGLED WITH HIS COAT. WITH HIS COAT. THE COAT WENT AROUND HIS HEAD THE COAT WENT AROUND HIS HEAD AND NECK AREA, PUTTING HIS NECK AND NECK AREA, PUTTING HIS NECK IN A POSITION THAT COMPROMISED IN A POSITION THAT COMPROMISED HIS AIRWAY. HIS AIRWAY. THE MOUNTAIN SKI PATROL THE MOUNTAIN SKI PATROL PERFORMED CPR ON THE MOUNTAIN PERFORMED CPR ON THE MOUNTAIN BEFORE TRANSFERRING HIM TO A BEFORE TRANSFERRING HIM TO A HOSPITAL WHERE HE LATER DIED. HOSPITAL WHERE HE LATER DIED. THEY ARE CONDUCTING A FULL THEY ARE CONDUCTING A FULL INVESTIGATION, ADDING, THE LIST INVESTIGATION, ADDING, THE LIST HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY INSPECTED HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY INSPECTED AND IS OPERATING NORMALLY. AND IS OPERATING NORMALLY.>>IT’S AWFUL.>>IT’S AWFUL. NOT SURE HOW IT HAPPENED. NOT SURE HOW IT HAPPENED. BUT A TRAGEDY. BUT A TRAGEDY.>>Reporter: THIS IS NOT THE>>Reporter: THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME A PASSENGER BECAME FIRST TIME A PASSENGER BECAME SUSPENDED ON A CHAIR LIFTLIFT AT SUSPENDED ON A CHAIR LIFTLIFT AT RESORT. RESORT. A 48-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS A 48-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS UPSIDE-DOWN FOR SEVEN MINUTES. UPSIDE-DOWN FOR SEVEN MINUTES. LAST YEAR, AN 8-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS LAST YEAR, AN 8-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS SEEN HANGING FROM A CHAIR LIFT SEEN HANGING FROM A CHAIR LIFT AT GROUSE MOUNTAIN RESORT. AT GROUSE MOUNTAIN RESORT. YOUNG TEENS CREATED A MAKESHIFT YOUNG TEENS CREATED A MAKESHIFT CRASH PAD TO CATCH THE BOY. CRASH PAD TO CATCH THE BOY. NEARBY, AN AVALANCHE KILLED TWO NEARBY, AN AVALANCHE KILLED TWO COLORADO MEN SNOWMOBILING IN COLORADO MEN SNOWMOBILING IN BACK COUNTRY. BACK COUNTRY.>>HIKED INTO WHERE THEY WERE>>HIKED INTO WHERE THEY WERE AND JUST STARTED SEARCHING WITH AND JUST STARTED SEARCHING WITH OUR PROBING, GOING OUR PROBING, GOING EVERYWHERE. EVERYWHERE.>>THEY ARE INVESTIGATING BUT>>THEY ARE INVESTIGATING BUT THE AVALANCHE MAY HAVE BEEN THE AVALANCHE MAY HAVE BEEN TRIGGERED BY THE SNOWMOBILES. TRIGGERED BY THE SNOWMOBILES.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE COMING>>A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE COMING UP. UP. THEY’RE ENJOYING THE BACK THEY’RE ENJOYING THE BACK COUNTRY. COUNTRY. BUT THERE’S A LOT OF RISKS BUT THERE’S A LOT OF RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT. ASSOCIATED WITH THAT.>>ANY WORD ON HOW THE GUY>>ANY WORD ON HOW THE GUY SLIPPED THROUGH THE CHAIR? SLIPPED THROUGH THE CHAIR?>>Reporter: NO REPORTS YET.>>Reporter: NO REPORTS YET. BUT THEY FOLD IF NOBODY IS BUT THEY FOLD IF NOBODY IS SITTING IN THEM.

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