Two teenagers from Illinois on spring break vacation at Copper Mountain in Colorado were killed last night in a sledding accident.
NEW9 reports the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene around 8:35 p.m. The two teens from Illinois, age 17 and 18, were reportedly riding tandem down the halfpipe and launched from a large snowbank at the bottom. The teenagers landed on the hard ice below resulting in catostropic blunt-force trauma.
Immediate medical attention from emergency medical services was administered but the teens could not be revived and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Dustin Lyman, Copper Mountain’s president and general manager issued this statement about the accident:
“The entire team at Copper Mountain is deeply saddened by this tragic incident. Our most sincere condolences go out to the affected families and friends. We are also thankful to our local emergency responders, for their quick response and the medical assistance provided.”
Lyman went on to remind guests that sledding is not allowed on Copper Mountain and reminded guests to observe posted signs and warnings and not enter closed trails and areas.
“Sledding is strictly prohibited here at Copper Mountain. There’s designated zones in some of our milder terrain, but on-mountain, after we close, there’s no sledding allowed.”
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the two teens.