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Sunday River Reports Lift Terminal Detachment to the State of Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety

On Sunday, July 10, 2016, the foundation of the top terminal of the Spruce Peak Triple chairlift became detached from the ground.

July 12, 2016

Newry, Maine (July 12, 2016) -- On Sunday evening, July 10, 2016, Sunday River Resort's lift maintenance manager discovered that the foundation of the top terminal of the Spruce Peak Triple chairlift had become detached from the underlying ground, and reported it to the State of Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety.

The reason for the foundation failure is still unknown and is under investigation by engineers from the State of Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety, MountainGuard insurance, and resort.

The Spruce Peak Triple does not operate in the summer and there were no injuries as a result of the incident, which was unwitnessed.

Initial findings have determined that the foundation detachment caused the top terminal to be pulled downhill to a 90-degree angle by the weight of the haul rope, which then allowed the haul rope to release from the terminal's bullwheel and fall, lowering most chairs to the ground. 

Sunday River has closed off access to Spruce Peak as a safety precaution and at the request of the State of Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety while the investigation is still underway.

Decisions on repairing or replacing the lift have not been made at this point and will depend on several factors, including the results of the investigation. It is the resort's intention to act on whatever decision is made as quickly as possible following the conclusion of the investigation. 

Sunday River is committed to the safety of all of its guests and employees, and will issue updates as information becomes available following the State of Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety investigation.  

Media inquiries can be directed to Darcy Lambert at dlambert@sundayriver.com or 207-824-5243. Pictures from Monday, July 11 can be found here; b-roll will be available at vimeo.com/sundayrivermedia. 

About the Spruce Peak Triple: The Spruce Peak Triple is a three passenger fixed grip chairlift built in 1986 and manufactured by Borvig. The chairlift is located on Spruce Peak and is 4,205 feet long with a vertical of 1,205 feet. The chair operates in the winter months only, across 18 lift towers, and has the capacity to carry 1,700 guests per hour. Like all of Sunday River's chairlifts, it receives daily inspections for safety when in operation, in addition to weekly, monthly, and yearly maintenance and testing. The lift is also inspected annually by the State of Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety.