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Dec 28, 2010 12:13 PM by AP

Ski lift derailment injures 8 at Sugarloaf

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) - Officials at a Maine ski area report that there are about eight injuries in an accident on a chair lift.

Sugarloaf spokesman Ethan Austin told The Associated Press that Tuesday's accident was "a big deal."  He says one of the ski lifts derailed and five chairs came down.

The resort says on its Facebook page that most of the injuries appear to be minor. Austin says the ski patrol is evacuating the lift.

A spokeswoman for Franklin Memorial Hospital about 45 minutes away in Farmington says at least two injured people are en route by ambulance. Gray says it's possible more injured people could arrive because it's the closest hospital.

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