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Breaking: Multiple people injured after chair lift incident in central Pennsylvania amid gusty winds

By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
December 16, 2017, 1:23:19 PM EST

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Emergency crews responded to a ski lift incident at Tussey Mountain Ski Resort that pinned approximately 20 people in their chairs, and injuring others on Saturday morning.

It is reported that several chairs slipped on the cable into each other, however there are no life-threatening injuries.

"According to preliminary weather data, winds have been blowing from the southwest around 15 mph all morning at the University Park Airport with a peak gust of 26 mph at 10 a.m. EST," AccuWeather Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

The airport is only about 7 miles away from the ski resort.

"The chair lift sits much higher than the anemometer at the airport so can be subject to stronger winds," Pydynowski said.

According to Centre County Fire Wire, ski patrol is advising five chairs stuck together with injuries. It has been reported that the lift cannot be restarted, meaning all passengers will need to be lowered with ropes, priority to passengers in stuck chairs.

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The Tussey Mountain Ski Area is located in Boalsburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania, near State College and Penn State University.

"The breezy conditions from this morning will continue into the afternoon with a passing flurry at times," Pydynowski said.

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