- Associated Press - Thursday, May 11, 2017

DENVER (AP) - The Latest on a report involving a deadly fall from a Colorado ski chairlift (all times local):

8:20 p.m.

Investigators say a chairlift malfunction at a ski resort northwest of Denver caused a lurch that toppled a Texas woman 25 feet to her death.

A final report released by the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board on Thursday said recent changes to a control system, as well as rapid speed changes made by an operator, caused 40-year-old Kelly Huber and her two daughters to hit a support tower and fall onto hard-packed snow at Ski Granby Ranch on Dec. 29.

The San Antonio woman was killed, and her daughters, then 9 and 12, were injured.

The Denver Post reports https://goo.gl/a5jkvA the drive control system was listed as the main culprit, and investigators said it might have created pulses of energy along the rope line and “could explain the rope instability.”

The findings have been forwarded to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Affairs for further review. Once that probe is complete, the tramway safety board will determine if the state’s tramway safety act was violated.


11:30 a.m.

The Colorado board that is overseeing an investigation into the death of a woman who fell off a ski lift has sent the matter to state officials for further review.

The Summit Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/2qYrhZr ) the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board has sent the case up to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Office of Investigation after discussing the woman’s death in closed session Wednesday.

Forty-year-old Kelly Huber and her two daughters fell from Ski Granby Ranch’s Quickdraw Express chairlift on Dec. 29, 2016. All three had been taken to hospitals.

The board had tabled all items related to the investigation after coming out of closed session.

Following the incident, Investigators had said “a rare dynamic event occurred on the lift.”


Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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