An 8-year-old Wisconsin boy is in the hospital after a serious chairlift accident at Duluth's Spirit Mountain – the second accident in one day at the popular ski resort.
Cameron Jones, of Solon Springs, fell more than 25 feet from his chairlift on Friday, suffering several fractures and a lacerated liver, according to the Duluth News Tribune. The boy's mother told the paper that her son "would've lost his life or had a serious traumatic brain injury" if it weren't for his helmet.
She added that he is doing "miraculously well."
The other accident was not serious and apparently resulted in no injuries.
Skisafety.com reports, "Falls from chair lifts are not uncommon, and frequently result in catastrophic injuries."
The website points out that the vast majority of incidents results from either skier or lift operator error "rather than a design effect."
However, despite the Duluth accidents and a few others elsewhere in the U.S. (including one fatal) this season, statistics indicate that chairlifts are very safe to ride.
Following the late December death of a Brooklyn, N.Y., mother who had fallen 25 feet from a ski lift, ABC News reported such fatalities are relatively rare, with just 15 reported over the past four decades.
"You’re more likely to die riding an elevator than a ski lift," the network reports.