It happened on a lift called the Quickdraw Express, at a ski slope called Granby Ranch, in the State of Colorado: where guns aren’t entirely outlawed, but they’re as restricted as antigun zealot Governor Hickenlooper can make them.
Kelly Huber, of San Antonio, was riding the chairlift at the Ski Granby Ranch, in Colorado, with her girls – aged nine and 12 – on Thursday when all three fell.
The 40-year-old plummeted more than 20ft to her death, while her daughters were seriously injured.
There’s a safety bar — how can this happen?
The Texas mother who fell to her death from a ski lift while her two young daughters were seriously injured did not have the safety bar down, a witness has claimed.
Oh. Thats how. Complacency kills? Or a murder-suicide attempt? They only fell 20 feet, but as the saying goes, it’s not the fall that gets you but the sudden stop at the far end. That was certainly the case for Ms Huber, who decelerated sufficiently abruptly to compromise her aorta.
Her nine-year-old daughter was airlifted to Children’s Hospital Colorado and her condition is not known.
Huber’s other daughter, 12, was treated and released at Middle Park Medical Center in Granby, where her mother was pronounced dead, the Denver Post reported.
The chair remained attached to the cable, according to witnesses.
On Saturday, the coroner determined that Huber died from blunt force trauma to her torso and a traumatic rupture of the aorta.
There’s eyewitnessws to the accident, if accident it was.
The witness, Allen McGirl from Greeley, who was three chairs back from the family, wrote on Facebook: ‘I am so sad to have witnessed the 3 people fall off the chair lift at Granby Ranch this morning.
‘If only the mother would have lowered the safety bar, this would not have happened.
‘Now the mother is dead and the two little girls will never be the same. My heart goes out to their family.’
He continued: ‘I was three chairs back and saw everything and was warning my group I was with.
‘Terrifying. Warning about the swaying side to side. No other chairs were swinging like that.
‘The bar hit the sign on the pole and they dropped out. I can’t get out of my head watching that moment and cpr for 5 to 10 min.’
‘My heart sunk and it just took me very hard,’ McGirl, who is a father of young children as well, told Denver 7 TV station.
He said it was obvious that Huber was not breathing when she hit the ground.
The fatal fall is the first in the state in over a decade.
Slope officials immediately shut down the lift to make sure there were no problems with it.
Authorities have not yet weighed in on whether this was the reason the family tumbled out.
‘Granby Ranch continues to work cooperatively with authorities to determine the cause of the incident. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to everyone involved in this tragic event,’ the ranch wrote on Facebook Saturday.
Huber had been vacationing in Colorado with her daughters and other family members when the tragic accident occurred, authorities say.
It has not yet been announced how high up the mountain the victims were when they fell from the lift, but Schelly Olson, spokeswoman for the incident command, said they were the only ones on that chair.
But she said many saw the horrific accident: ‘People on the chairs in front. People on the chairs in back. People on the hill.’
While the rest of the resort is now operational, the high speed Quickdraw Lift will remain closed until the inspection by the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board and lift manufacturer is complete.