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Preliminary Findings in Spruce Peak Chairlift Investigation Identify Grout Failure as Possible Cause

July 20, 2016

Newry, Maine (July 20, 2016)-Since Sunday River Resort's Spruce Peak Triple chairlift detached from its foundation on Sunday, July 10, the resort, State of Maine Tramway Board, and MountainGuard insurance have been working to understand the cause of the incident. 

Preliminary findings by MountainGuard engineers have identified grout failure as a possible cause. Concrete grout had been used to adhere steel reinforcement bars which secured the foundation of the lift terminal to bedrock. MountainGuard's engineers will return to the resort tomorrow, Thursday, July 21 to take core samples from the concrete foundation where grout is present to use in its tests.

On Monday, Sunday River was given permission by MountainGuard to de-tension the haul rope, which in turn lowered all remaining chairs on the Spruce Peak Triple. The site remains closed as a safety precaution during this on-going investigation.

Decisions on repairing or replacing the Spruce Peak Triple have not been made at this point and will depend on several factors, including the results of Sunday River and MountainGaurd engineering reports. It remains the resort's intention to act on whatever decision is made as quickly as possible following the conclusion of the investigation.

View Sunday River's original release from Tuesday, Jul 10, "Sunday River Reports Lift Terminal Detachment to State of Maine Board of Elevator and Tramways Safety."

Media inquiries can be directed to Darcy Lambert at dlambert@sundayriver.com or 207-824-5243.

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