June 18, 2018
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160 safely evacuated from stopped Sunday River ski lift

The Associated Press

NEWRY, Maine — About 160 people have been evacuated from a chair lift at the Sunday River ski resort after a bearing in the system that moves the chairs failed, triggering a safety device that automatically stopped the lift.

A resort spokeswoman says the malfunction happened at 11:15 a.m. Saturday on the South Ridge Express quad lift. The ski patrol started evacuating people off the lift about 15 minutes later. The evacuation ended an hour later and there were no injuries.

Spokeswoman Darcy Morse says mechanics identified the problem as a blown bearing in the system that moves the chair through the bottom terminal. The bearing has been replaced and the chairlift has been reopened.

Morse says the chairlift receives routine daily inspections.

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