One Dead, One Injured in Gondola Incident at Mont Tremblant
One person has died and another is in critical condition following a collision between a gondola cabin and construction equipment at Tremblant, an Alterra-operated resort near Montreal. The gondola car struck the construction machinery part way up the mountain, causing two adult riders to fall to the ground at approximately 11:30 July 16. The cabin remained attached to the haul rope. Both people were transported to the hospital where one later died. Other riders on the lift were evacuated with no further injuries.
The incident occurred part way up the Panoramic Gondola, one of three gondola systems at Tremblant. The lift involved was built by Doppelmayr in 1998 with cabins supplied by Gangloff. A photo later emerged showing half of a cabin completely sheared off where there would normally be a bench seat.
The Quebec Ski Areas Association issued a statement: “We are saddened by the accident. Our hearts go out to the families and the Mont Tremblant team. An investigation is in progress and we offer our collaboration to the authorities,” the association wrote.
Statement from Mont Tremblant: "This Sunday, July 16, an accident took place at Tremblant, involving the panoramic gondola and construction machinery operated by a third party. We have the immense regret to confirm, following the announcement of the Sûreté du Québec, the death of one of the two victims, while the other was transferred to a hospital. We are deeply saddened by this situation and Station Mont Tremblant offers its sincere sympathy to all those involved. The gondola remains closed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding."Article by Peter Landsman