TANNERSVILLE, Pa. (CBS) – Tragedy at a favorite ski holiday resort in the Poconos. A guy and his two children plunged several toes from the chairlift.
Eyewitness News spoke with a guy who witnessed the whole lot just occasions after he let that family go ahead of him in-line.
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It was a picture-perfect day on the slopes. Fifty-four-year-old Doug Mackie was celebrating his birthday, snowboarding at Camelback with his child when the chairlift he was on suddenly stopped.
“Our car starts heading like that [swinging] and Nick and I are securing to anything to just not semester,” Mackie said.
It just happened around 4 p.m. Sunday on Camelback’s high-speed Sullivan lift up. Mackie could hold on, but just two chairs in advance, “Theirs shook so very bad, it proceeded to go up such as this, emerged down, proceeded to go up again. There was a noises, a pop. And it was off,” Mackie said.
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The person and his two children fell about 15 feet to the bottom below.
“The daddy was grabbing at his kids to save their lives. That struck me hard. Still bothers me,” Mackie said. “They arrived hard, I recall the audio. Then there is just screaming, man, tons of screaming.”
Mackie says Camelback skiing patrol quickly arrived to help. The lift up remains shut down as officials from the skiing hotel say they are working with state specialists to research how this took place.
“It’s definitely something I don’t want to live again,” Mackie said.