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New Cairngorms Tragedy: Derailed Chairlift Leaves Six Injured and Dozens Stranded.

A derailed chairlift at a Scottish ski resort has left at least six people injured and dozens more stranded.

The lift a the Lecht ski centre in Corgarff derailed at around 3.30pm and the scene was attended by emergency services.

At least six people were hurt in the derailment and 36 were left stuck on the lift. Those stranded have now been rescued.

A statement from the Grampian Police said: "A small number of people are believed to be injured and more are stranded on chairlifts after the incident, which happened around 15.25.

"There are no details on the extent of injuries as yet, but the focus is currently on evacuating those injured and rescuing those who remain on the chairlift.

"Grampian Police Mountain Rescue Team has been mobilised and is en-route to the centre to assist with the rescue of those stranded.

"Units from Grampian Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service have been called to the scene to assist."

The Scottish Ambulance Service attended the scene and was treating people for possible let and spinal injuries.

All of the lifts and runs at the centre are currently closed, but some are expected to reopen.

Lecht ski centre opened in 1977 and has a capacity of over 10,000 skiers per hour.

It has 12 lifts in total, including the three-man chairlift that is believed to have derailed.

The incident happened a day after a walker from Leeds University died after becoming lost on the treacherous Jacob's Ladder section of the range, the largests and highest in Britain.
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Date:Feb 12, 2013
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