Skiers at Whistler injured in gondola accident

At least 10 people were injured at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, B.C., when a gondola tower partially collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, trapping skiers riding in the cars, reported CBC News. 

In a statement, the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort said 53 people were evacuated from the lower line of the Excalibur Gondola after a structural failure in one of the towers caused the gondola to stop operating.

The gondola section where the incident took place is approximately 30 feet above the ground, said Whistler-Blackcomb. Each gondola car holds eight people.

Injured skiers were treated at the Whistler Medical Clinic. The CBC reported that none of the injuries were life-threatening.

The cause of the accident is unknown and is under investigation, said the resort.

The Excalibur Gondola was built in 1994 and undergoes an “extensive safety check” every year by the British Columbia Safety Authority, Whistler-Blackcomb said. The resort added that the last check took place within the past six months.

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