CANTON, Mass. — A medical helicopter was called to take a boy to Children’s Hospital in Boston after he fell from a ski lift at the Blue Hills Ski Area.
“The kid fell off and was laying there on the ground. He got up and started running frantically – it must have been some sort of shock or something – and then he fell back down,” said Dennis Lee, who was on the lift.
Other witnesses said they heard a thud as he hit the ground from the highest point on the lift.
Canton’s Fire Chief Charles Doody said his department often responds to accidents at the Blue Hills, but this was one of the more serious calls.
“A 7-year-old had fallen approx. 35 feet from a ski lift,” said Chief Doody.
He said the terrain up there is not soft snow, but rocky and icy.
“He had head injuries, upper-body injuries for the most part,” according to the chief.
“I saw, and it was a little baby,” said Libby Hunt who was also on the ski lift. “He was so small, and I just hope he’s okay. It’s really sad to watch.”
The ski patrol was an important part of the rescue according to the fire chief and witnesses.
“First an officer came to the scene,” Lee said. “There was already a couple of ski patrollers there trying to help they got him into a neck brace and stuff.”
The boy from Rockland was awake when paramedics treated him, according to the chief, and his injuries were described as serious, but not life threatening.
It’s unclear how the boy fell from the lift.
“I don’t know who was on the lift with the child, and I do not know if the lift bar was down,” said Chief Doody.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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