NEWRY — A chairlift was evacuated of about 160 skiers at the Sunday River resort Saturday because of a malfunction in the operating system.

The incident occurred at 11:15 a.m. after a bearing blew in the South Ridge Express quad lift’s bottom terminal, triggering the lift’s emergency shutdown system and stopping the lift.

According to a spokeswoman at the resort, the ski patrol began evacuating the lift 15 minutes later. The spokeswoman said all of the skiers were safely removed from the lift about an hour later.

No injuries were reported.

Spokeswoman Darcy Morse said the blown bearing was replaced after the evacuation and the chairlift reopened later in the day.

She said the lift is inspected daily and receives weekly, monthly and yearly maintenance and testing. The lift is also inspected annually by the State Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety.


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