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BEND, OR -- An empty chair on Mt. Bachelor's Sunrise Express lift detached from its cable and fell to the snow, Sunday afternoon.  According to resort officials, the chair was traveling downhill after exiting the upper terminal without any passengers, when it fell.  Officials say there were no guest or employee injuries resulting from the incident, and the lift was immediately shut down at about 1:15 p.m.

 

The resort's investigation revealed a component failure which caused the grip to malfunction.   All chair grips were inspected and no other abnormalities were found. Resort peronnel also inspected the Sunrise Lift's terminal components and say they are reviewing operating procedures with lift operations and maintenance staff.

 

The lift reopened at 9 a.m., Monday.

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