New York man dies after crashing into tree at Vermont ski resort

Authorities said Jason Vitale, 48, of Long Island, was "traveling at a high rate of speed" and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Image: A skier rides the lift at Killington Ski Resort in Vermont on Jan. 16, 2009.
A skier rides the lift at Killington Ski Resort in Vermont on Jan. 16, 2009.Toby Talbot / AP file

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By Minyvonne Burke

A skier died Saturday after losing control and crashing into a tree at a Vermont ski resort, authorities said.

The accident happened at around 3 p.m. at the Killington Ski Resort, Vermont State Police said in a statement.

Authorities identified the victim as Jason Vitale, 48, of Long Island, New York. Police said Vitale "was traveling at a high rate of speed on an intermediate trail, when he lost control" and hit a tree. He was not wearing a helmet, according to police.

Vitale was rushed to a hospital, where he went into cardiac arrest and died.

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"On behalf of Killington Resort, we express our sincere condolences to family and friends who have been impacted," a spokesperson for the resort said in a statement Monday.

The accident happened the same day a power failure at the resort temporarily shut down lifts. Some skiers spent more than an hour on a gondola lift before it was brought back online, The Associated Press reported.