Skiers trapped as lift derails at Lecht ski centre in Scotland
Published 13/02/2013 | 10:49
Several people have been injured and scores more stranded after a chairlift accident at a ski resort in the Cairngorms.
Police said the incident appeared to be the result of a ''suspected derailment'' at the Lecht Ski Centre near Tomintoul in Aberdeenshire.
Emergency services have been scrambled to the scene.
Reports suggested that at least half a dozen people were injured and up to 36 people were left stranded on the lifts. Police said the extent of the injuries was unclear.
The Scottish Ambulance Service said it was dealing with "possible leg and spine injuries". Some reports suggested that up to 10 people were injured.
A spokesman for the centre later said that six people had been injured and that all people who were trapped had been rescued by fire crews.
A spokesman for Grampian Police said: ''A small number of people are believed to be injured and more are stranded on chairlifts after the incident, which happened around 3.25pm.
''There are no details on the extent of injuries as yet, but the focus is currently on evacuating those injured and rescuing those who remain on the chairlift.
''Grampian Police Mountain Rescue Team has been mobilised and is en-route to the centre to assist with the rescue of those stranded."
He added: "'Units from Grampian Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service have been called to the scene to assist.''
A spokesman for Grampian Fire and Rescue said: "We have one appliance from Tomintoul and one from Ballater in attendance.
"We are assisting with rescuing people from the ski lift."
Andrew Hough Telegrpah.co.uk