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Transcript for Teen falls to his death from ski lift
Now to a shocking death at a ski resort. A 17-year-old boy dying on new year’s day falling from a ski lift in Pennsylvania. One of multiple deadly incidents there in the past year. Whit Johnson is on the slopes in New Jersey with more. Good morning, whit. Reporter: Michael, good morning to you. It is still unclear what led to this teenager’s deadly fall but this happens right as the ski season is about to launch into high gear. Take a look from our drone up above. These types of accidents are very rare, but with the lifts so high above the ground, if something does go wrong, it can be devastating. This morning, police investigating a deadly plummet at this poconos resort and whether a problem with the seat bar could have played a role in the death of 17-year-old Golembiewski. The teen falling from his chairlift dropping 37 feet to the ground. The blue mountain ski resort calling it tragic telling ABC news immediately after the incident the lift was inspected and found to be in good operating order with no mechanical defects. The national ski areas association says it’s safer to ride a ski lift than an elevator. The typical cause of a fall from a chairlift is human error. Reporter: Golembiewski’s death is the third fatality at that same resort in just over a year. The other two deaths caused by ski and snowboard accidents. As authorities investigate what caused the high school hockey player to fall, video surfacing of another heart-stopping scare on the slopes. This in white fish, Montana. More than 140 skiers evacuated. Some dangling when hundred feet off the ground amid whipping wind and blinding snow as they awaited rescue from this broken down chairlift. Now, many of the ski resorts like this one in New Jersey have signs, safety tips posted before you get on. Once you get here, make sure that you pull down the safety bar. If you have a backpack or other belongings, put it on your lap, finally, if you drop something, don’t make the mistake so many people do. Don’t try to reach for it. Go to the top, contact ski patrol. They can help you track down those items. Guys, back to you. All good suggestions there. We turn now to all the
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