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Two Remain Hospitalized After Tubing Accident at Woodbury Ski Area [UPDATE]

The accident took place on New Year's Day.

 

Update, 1:28 p.m.

All tubing runs are open following the accident, Rod Taylor told Patch. He declined to comment specifically on the Jan. 1 accident but addressed questions of safety.

"The tubing runs are very safe, but customers have to use common sense," he said. "Start out on the beginner runs."

Woodbury Ski Area has 20 tubing runs, ranging from beginner to expert, Taylor said.

"Our expert trails are expert," he said. "All the problems happen when people start out on the expert trail because it looks good. It's just like driving — if you want to drive 80 miles per hour and go crazy — well, it's the same with tubing."

Children ages 10 and younger are required to wear helmets but he said people don't always want to pay to rent them. He said there are signs on the trails, staff who inform people of safety and a release form that must be signed prior to tubing.

"We give all recommendations but the bottom line is, people don't listen and then they get hurt," said Taylor.

Original article, 1:16 p.m.

Two people remain in intensive care, one at Saint Mary's Hospital and the other at Waterbury Hospital, following a tubing accident at Woodbury Ski Area, according to Fire Marshal Janet Morgan.

The accident occurred on Jan. 1.

"We were called there for an accident at around 6:30 at night," Morgan said. "Five people were taken to the hospital and three were released that night."

This is not the first such incident at the Woodbury business. In January 2012, three people were hospitalized after a snow tubing accident at Woodbury Ski Area.

The accident is still under investigation by the Woodbury fire marshal's office, the Connecticut State Police and the Bureau of Elevators and Lifts, she said.

According to its website, the Bureau of Elevators is responsible for certification and inspections of elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, moving walks, private residence elevators, tramways and personnel hoists used for construction and demolition.

Woodbury Ski Area owner Rod Taylor was not available for comment as he was on the slopes. Patch will update the article with more information as it becomes available.

Woodbird January 04, 2013 at 08:10 PM
5 people were seriously injured 2 days ago because the lift used for snowtubers broke, sending them flying downhill towards the tow machine. 1 person is in the ICU with another suffering a head injury. The injuries weren't from people going down the hill too fast, they were caused by faulty machinery....DOESN'T SOUND LIKE WHAT THE OWNER DESCRIBED DOES IT??
Sean M January 04, 2013 at 09:18 PM
The article was crystal clear to me. Rod is quoted as speaking generally about safety and not about the accident in question. Not sure what your issue is with the Ski Area, but it sure looks like you have some issue with them.
ctmom January 05, 2013 at 03:14 PM
I read this article the same way Woodbird did, Sean... Mr. Taylor laying the groundwork already -- by blaming the consumer -- for his legal defense in the lawsuit he knows is coming. Assuming this interview, and his comments, occurred AFTER the accident, what an unfortunate response. An appropriate response would have been "I have no comment until the investigation is concluded and we know what happened" instead of slamming his own customers this way. I've never been to this place... and now I know NEVER to go! (Cannot imagine even THINKING about using that zipline!!)
Sean M January 05, 2013 at 03:37 PM
The problem here is "read the article." I have dealt with the press repeatedly in my time and been given training on such by very qualified people. The comments are clear. If you want to read deeper into them, you are making up your own story. You are projecting something that was not said. That is unfair to Rod.
Joey N January 05, 2013 at 06:18 PM
The problem here is this isn't much of a follow up article. Rod wasn't commenting in the incident, so it's confusing why his "general tubing safety" comments are posted here. How are the injured people doing? Is the equiptment really faulty? When will the investigation take place and when will the results be known? Is it safe to bring our kids tubing there??
Voice of Reason January 05, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Reads to me that it was clear in that Mr. Taylor was speaking to the general safety of the runs and not commenting on this incident, prudent behavior for anyone in our litigious society. Note also, the lifts are State regulated by The Bureau of Elevators and Lifts. If they inspected and certified the lift then this can only be described as an unfortunate accident and not the fault of some careless individual. From the article: "This is not the first such incident at the Woodbury business. In January 2012, three people were hospitalized after a snow tubing accident at Woodbury Ski Area." This statement is quite leading. The linked story only mentions a tubing accident, nothing to do with the lifts or other equipment thus causing the casual reader to believe there is some sort of history of negligence by Mr. Taylor.
sheri neuman January 06, 2013 at 11:25 PM
please follow link to trip advisor reviews...this is a dangerous accident waiting to happen! http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g33991-d1631824-r148948480-Woodbury_Ski_Area-Woodbury_Connecticut.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT
sheri neuman January 06, 2013 at 11:26 PM
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g33991-d1631824-r148948480-Woodbury_Ski_Area-Woodbury_Connecticut.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT
sheri neuman January 06, 2013 at 11:27 PM
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g33991-d1631824-r148948480-Woodbury_Ski_Area-Woodbury_Connecticut.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT
sheri neuman January 06, 2013 at 11:27 PM
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g33991-d1631824-r148948480-Woodbury_Ski_Area-Woodbury_Connecticut.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT

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