Jury Awards Hiker $750,000 After Being Stranded on Killington Gondola
The hiker was trapped on the lift after an early closing in October 2011.
Thursday, December 1, 2016, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
A hiker was awarded $750,000 on Wednesday, as a Rutland County Civil Court jury found she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after being stuck on a gondola in 2011.
Nadine Price reportedly boarded a gondola cabin via the top terminal of the Killington K1 Gondola after 3 PM on the afternoon of Saturday, October 1, 2011. Though the lift was still moving, it was being closed early for the day, reportedly due to inclement weather. The lift was shut down while she was still on board.
A search and rescue operation took place that evening once she was reported missing. She was reportedly stuck on the lift for five hours that afternoon into evening, but did not require medical attention at the time.
Price's attorney was quoted as saying the case was about "the torture" of being stuck in a gondola car because "one minute when you believe you’re going to die is a long time."
Price was also seeking damages due to lost income from ski instructing.
Killington reportedly admitted closing procedures were not followed and that Price was not at fault for boarding the lift.