Credit to Author: Tiffany Crawford| Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2019 18:24:12 +0000
The Sea To Sky Gondola in Squamish is closed after a cable detached and a gondola came crashing to the ground early Saturday morning.
The company says, in an alert on its website, that due to a major lift incident the tourist attraction is closed for the foreseeable future, and that more information will be provided later.
Ken Bailey, a spokesperson for the Sea to Sky Gondola, said at around 4:30 a.m., they received an alert that the haul rope for the gondola had fallen and that the lift was “inoperable.”
In a short statement Saturday, he said no guests or staff were on the gondola and no injuries were sustained in the incident.
“The gondola is currently closed and we will provide updates as they become available,” he said.
Technical Safety BC and the RCMP are investigating the collapse.
Kathryn McGuffickle, a spokesperson for Technical Safety BC, said they are aware of the incident and that safety officers have been sent to investigate.
“We’re unable to speculate on causes at this time, and will provide details once our investigation is complete. However, we can state that no injuries have been reported to Technical Safety BC,” said McGuffickle, in an email.
RCMP Const. Ashley Mackay confirmed that Squamish RCMP were investigating, but would not immediately say whether officers considered the collapse suspicious. She said more information would be provided later.
Bailey said it was too early to say whether the company’s plans for expansion and the 34-metre high tree walk would be put on hold.
Photos posted by Twitter user John Barry show the gondola collapsed and on the ground.
More to come…
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