Woman dies, 2 children injured in Colo. chairlift fall

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Thursday, December 29, 2016
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GRANBY, Colo. (WLS) -- A woman has died and two juveniles were injured, one seriously, in a fall off a chairlift in the Colorado Rockies.

On Thursday at approximately 9:30 a.m. local time, the Granby, Colo., Police Department and Grand County paramedics were responded to Ski Granby Ranch on a report of three people who had fallen from a chairlift.

Two children and an adult were taken to Middle Park Medical Center in Granby, where the woman was pronounced dead. One child was flown to Children's Hospital via Flight for Life and one is still at the Granby medical center in stable condition.

The three people involved are family members visiting from out of state and their names are not being released at this time.

The Denver Post reports the children are 9- and 12-year-old girls.

"It's always an unfortunate day when there is an accident at a ski area, especially when serious injuries or fatalities occur," said Chris Linsmayer, public relations manager for Granby ranch. "Our sincere thoughts and condolences are with the family and those affected by today's events. There is an ongoing investigation to determine further information about the incident and Granby Ranch is cooperating with all state and local agencies and authorities."

Linsmayer said the last fatality from a chairlift fall in Colorado happened in 2002.