Safety officials to comb ski resort gondola to determine why a tower bent

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WHISTLER, B.C. - Safety experts will be combing a ski lift on Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, B-C, today trying to determine what caused the collapse of a gondola tower.
RCMP say 13 people escaped with minor injuries after being jolted when the tow line stopped abruptly.
Dozens more people were left stranded in the cold - some for hours - while fire crews went gondola to gondola removing passengers.
Graeme Bell was in one of the gondolas and tells CTV News he heard the noise from the tower collapsing, the cabin started shaking and down it went.
He says it hit the ground and busted one of the windows out and they jumped out.
Doug Forseth, a spokesman for Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort, says structural failure was behind the incident.
He says officials with the lift maker and the B-C Safety Authority will start the process today of determine what may have caused the tower to bend.
A ski lift accident on Whistler Mountain in 1995 killed two people and injured nine others.

Organizations: RCMP, CTV News, B-C Safety Authority

Geographic location: WHISTLER, Whistler Mountain

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