An Upton teen was killed last week Street, 18, has been identified as the young man killed in an accident last week at the Ski Ward, venue while attending a practice at Ski Ward, MA. He was with his teammates from Nipmuc Regional High School. The student fell approximately 30 feet and landed face down on the ground.
Preliminary reports have indicated that he may have had a seizure while riding up the hill on the ski lift. After paramedics treated him on the scene he was transported to UMass Medical Center- University Campus in Worcester where he was pronounced dead at 7:24 p.m. The office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.
There were no mechanical problems with the ski lift from which the 18-year-old Upton youth fell to his death reported a spokesman for Ski Ward. The Department of Public Safety inspected the lift chair after the accident and found no problems.
Each lift chair at the facility has a front bar to prevent skiers from falling.
The tragic fall demonstrates how important simple safety precautions can change outcomes. Many guests at ski resorts don’t bother with lowering the front bar, but every season there are, at least, handful deaths when skiers fall from their ski lift chair. Some fall because a medical condition such as altitude sickness causes faintness, others are bounced out because of “burp” on the lift or the rowdiness of chair companions. Whatever the cause, having a front bar can often be the thing that prevents a fall from a deadly height.