A Maine ski resort has shut down a second chairlift less than two weeks after a malfunction on another lift injured seven skiers.
Sugarloaf ski area announced Thursday that it had taken the Timberline lift out of service as a precaution after a maintenance crew found the drive shaft had an abnormal level of wear and tear.
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Seven skiers were injured on March 21 when the King Pine chairlift malfunctioned. An investigation determined that the accident was caused by a broken drive shaft in a gearbox that allowed the lift to move in reverse and by a brake system that failed to stop the lift because of a design flaw.
Three of the seven skiers injured were hospitalized.
The King Pine and Timberline lifts are of similar design.