PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The slopes at Boyce Park are back open after state inspectors examined the ski lift following a second malfunction in less than one week.
About 40 skiers became trapped and had to be rescued Wednesday evening after park officials say a cable on the ski lift malfunctioned.
Park maintenance workers and ski patrol members were able to rescue the people who became stranded using ladders and ropes. No injuries were reported.
KDKA’s Heather Abraham Reports:
Back on Saturday, about 100 skiers were stranded after someone fell at the top of the lift, grabbed the chair and pulled it sideways, only to pull the cable off the guide wheel.
Those people had to be rescued as well. The lift was inspected on Monday and Tuesday and began operating again on Wednesday before the latest malfunction happened.
Officials with the Allegheny County Public Works Department were frustrated after receiving the first green light earlier this week from the state.
KDKA’s Harold Hayes Reports:
“We don’t know if it was again attributed to a patron getting off of the lift or… that’s what we’re trying to determine now – is what exactly happened and why did it happen again,” said Phil Lamar, of Allegheny County Public Works. “Obviously, something is wrong cause this shouldn’t happen under any circumstances. We’re going to review it again with the state and our contractor, and make sure that we leave no stone unturned.”
According to the Allegheny County Parks Department, the snow tubing and beginner areas are open today.