Police close investigation into Sugarloaf lift accident

Posted Feb. 23, 2011, at 9:40 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 23, 2011, at 3:45 p.m.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — The Maine police chief in the town where a ski lift derailed, injuring eight people, says the incident does not require a criminal investigation.

Carrabassett Valley Police Chief Scott Nichols says his department’s role in the investigation into the Dec. 28 incident at the Sugarloaf ski area is closed.

Nichols’ department acts as a security force for Sugarloaf. He relied on the still-incomplete investigation by state officials to decide whether any criminal investigation was necessary.

The Morning Sentinel says Nichols and his deputy chief, who is a Sugarloaf employee, interviewed people involved in the incident.

The skiers were injured after a lift cable popped out of place, causing five chairs to fall 25 to 35 feet to the ground.

The lift reopened on Monday.