Mother killed in ski lift accident

A Texas woman and longtime Aetna employee was killed when she and her two daughters fell off a chairlift at a Colorado ski resort, police said.

The Quick Draw Express lift brings skiers to novice and intermediate terrain. No one else was on the chair with them.

The last fatal fall in Colorado, which accounts for more than a fifth of skier visits nationwide, happened in 2002 when the manager of Winter Park Ski Resort fell about 15 feet from a lift after suffering seizure-like symptoms. Her condition has not been announced.

The Grand County Sheriff's Office and Granby Police Department are investigating, as is the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board.

The mother and girls, ages 9 and 12, were halfway up the slope at Granby Ranch's Quickdraw Lift around 9:30 a.m. MT when the incident occurred, reports USA Today.

'What's going on with the Quickdraw lift?' Denise Ablin Slucki had asked.

On Friday, Granby Ranch said in a statement on Facebook that they 'are deeply saddened by yesterday's tragic incident at our resort'. Our focus right now is on supporting those affected by this tragedy'.

An autopsy to determine Huber's cause of death is scheduled for Saturday.

"Kelly Huber was a loved and respected Aetna employee".

Chairlift deaths from malfunctions or falls are exceedingly rare in the United States, according to the National Ski Areas Association. In 1985, a bullwheel at Keystone Resort failed, sending waves down the line that threw 60 people off the Teller Lift, two of whom later died from their injuries.

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