Ski park closed after worker’s arm caught in lift machinery
BY GEORGE SLEFO Staff Reporter March 2, 2014 4:56PM
Emergency crews responded to Raging Buffalo Snowboard Ski Park in Algonquin. | Photo from Griffin Flack
Updated: April 4, 2014 6:27AM
A 17-year-old employee at a snowboard and ski park in northwest suburban Algonquin was airlifted to a hospital Sunday after he became tangled in the machinery of a ski lift.
It took emergency personnel an hour to free the male employee at Raging Buffalo Snowboard & Ski Park.
He was flown to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, according to a fire official at the scene. An update on his condition was not available Sunday night.
A co-worker called 911 and Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District responded about 1:45 p.m., according to a statement issued by fire officials.
A patron of the park told the Sun-Times the incident happened on a beginner’s hill called the Magic Carpet.
A note on the park’s website stated the park was closed Sunday evening and would remain closed Monday.
The incident is under investigation, fire officials said.