Chaotic situation in South Korea as a chairlift at Bears Town Ski Resort in Pocheon, Gyeonggi experienced a rollback malfunction Friday forcing skiers to jump for safety before chairs piled up at the bottom station.
Korea JoongAng Daily reports a 7-year-old was taken to the hospital for mild bruises from jumping off the chairlift. No other serious injuries were reported.
The cause of the rollback has not been determined. The Pocheon Police precinct in Gyeonggi is investigating the accident. The Korea Transpiration Safety Authority is also checking the condition of all other lifts in the resort.
The resort is collecting information on any injuries and damages and has set up a hotline and an email address for those seeking to report injuries or missing or damaged ski gear. Bears Town Ski Resort also issuing refunds to season pass holders.
“We sincerely apologize to everyone who suffered damages from the lift accident and their families, and we are apologize to everyone who was shocked with the news. We will work with the related authorities to do a safety check and will do our best to make the resort a safe place to ski.”