A newly married man died and his wife was injured when he fell from the Tamarack Express Chair and down a mountain at Heavenly Ski Area on Monday afternoon. Lift malfunction may be the cause of the deadly fall.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office reported the cause of the accident is not yet known, and remains under investigation, but preliminary findings indicate a malfunction with the adjacent Zip-Line coming in contact with the chairlift.
The newlyweds were on the lift to take in the view at the peak. Heavenly’s high-altitude Adventure Peak is located at the top of the Gondola at Heavenly. The eight-passenger cabins take guests 2.4 miles up the mountain in 12 minutes for views of Lake Tahoe.
The husband was pronounced dead at Heavenly’s California Base Lodge first aid station. Initial reports that both victims fell from the chairlift were inaccurate, the sheriff’s office said.