Trouble at Tussey Mountain: Minor injuries reported after chairlift malfunction

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In an initial tweet, the Tussey Mountain resort wrote: "Having difficulties with the chairlift. we are working on it now".

Police said it took 90 minutes to evacuate the chair lift, including people who were stranded aloft when the lift was stopped. Emergency responders had to evacuate skiers from the lift, and several minor injuries were reported.

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"We take the safety of our guests very seriously, and are saddened to learn that there were non-life threatening injuries as a result of this accident", the company said.

The resort later apologised for the use of the hashtag in its original tweet saying it was not aware people had been injured at the time.

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"They placed their first priority on the people at the top that were injured, and they tried to get them down", Smail said. "We apologize to anyone who was offended by our hashtag".

The injured were brought down the mountain on sleds, while others were able to ski or snowboard to the bottom.

Guss said ski patrol practices it three or four times per year.

Tussey has begun taking necessary steps to make sure a situation like this never happens again, he said. Six ambulances, police officers and multiple fire engines were on the scene.

A chair lift sits idle at the Donner Ski Ranch near Soda Springs, Calif., Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.