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Skiers Plunge Off Ski Lift at West Virginia Resort After Mechanical Failure, Two Injured

More than two dozen people plunged from a malfunctioning ski lift at a resort in West Virginia on Saturday morning, leaving two injured, according to authorities.

About 25 people fell 30 feet from the lift at Timberline Resort in Davis when it was halted by a mechanical failure, said Joe Stevens, a spokesman for the West Virginia Ski Areas Association.

About 100 more people were stranded on the lift for nearly two hours before they were rescued, Stevens told NBC News.

Nine of the people who fell off the lift were evaluated, but only two were sent to the hospital with minor injuries, according to a statement from Timberline.

The statement said local fire departments and helicopter ambulances responded, but the helicopters "thankfully" weren't needed.

The broken lift was shut down for the day, but the resort remained open. Timberline's statement said the cause of the lift failure was under investigation.

"Timberline has never had a lift failure resulting in injury or in any way comparable to today's malfunction, and the resort will continue to investigate the cause of this incident to ensure the safety of our skiers," the statement said.