Status: 08.12.2023, 21:49 PM
By: Maximilian Hertel
Ski lift accident in Austria: Why the ski lift suddenly came loose and slid backwards is still unclear. (Symbolic image) © IMAGO / Sebastian Widmann
For a family of three, the ride on a ski lift in the Zillertal ended in a nightmare: their chair came loose and slid backwards.
Schwendau – The biggest fear of many skiers became reality for a family of three from Austria. The chair in which the family was sitting suddenly came loose, slid backwards, and collided with the chair of the elevator behind it. The 38-year-old mother and 11-year-old son fell from the chairlift about eight meters into the depths.
The dramatic fall from the chairlift is reminiscent of an incident from 2018 in which a 23-year-old woman fell ten meters from a chairlift in Winterberg. In the same year, there was also a ski lift tragedy in the Zillertal, but with a happy ending: A snowboarder from Munich had to wait six hours on a chairlift.
Mother and son fall from chairlift into the depths – The police are investigating
In a serious accident with a chairlift in Austria on Friday, a mother and her son fell eight meters into the depths. The four-seater chair in which the Austrian woman was sitting with her son and husband suddenly slipped backwards for an unknown reason and crashed into the unoccupied chair coming behind, the Tyrolean State Police Directorate reported. The accident happened in Schwendau in the Zillertal.
According to the Austrian newspaper krone.at, the authorities have started the investigation. A police spokesman confirmed that the accident occurred at around 09:30 a.m. at the height of the fifth support pillar of the Lärchwald quad chairlift. The chairlift has ceased operations for the time being.
Mother seriously injured after falling from chairlift – father was able to hold on
The father (41), also Austrian, was able to hold on, but the 38-year-old mother and eleven-year-old son fell into the snow-covered terrain under the lift. The woman had suffered serious injuries to her back and pelvis. Son and husband were also injured, but the police did not provide further details about them. The family was taken by rescue helicopter to the hospital in Innsbruck. (mh / dpa)