Chairlift accident injures 7 skiers
A chairlift at a ski resort stopped and then began sliding backward down the mountain Saturday, prompting frantic riders to jump off and injuring seven, officials and witnesses said. Four people were taken to a hospital from Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, though none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening, resort spokesman Ethan Austin said.
"It was really scary," said David Segre, 42, who was standing in the crowded lift line. "It was like a gear had let loose and it was slowly picking up speed going the wrong way."
The accident happened days before the resort hosts the U.S. Alpine Championships. Celebrity skiers including Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin are set to compete there starting Tuesday. - AP
Texas authorities are evacuating homes after a dozen train cars derailed near Valley Mills, including five tanker cars carrying methanol. A Department of Public Safety spokesman said no injuries or fires have been reported from the Saturday evening accident, but one or two of the tanks with methanol have small leaks. About 10 homes within 1,000 feet of the derailment were evacuated. - AP
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