Five Hurt in Tubing Accident

By George Colli
|  Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013  |  Updated 7:18 PM EDT
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On New Years Day 5 people were sent to the hospital with neck, back and head injuries.  The accident happened after a tube became dislodged from the lift at the Woodbury Ski Area

On New Years Day 5 people were sent to the hospital with neck, back and head injuries. The accident happened after a tube became dislodged from the lift at the Woodbury Ski Area

Five people were hospitalized after a tubing accident at Woodbury Ski Area Tuesday.

A group of six friends were being towed up the mountain on an inner tube when is somehow broke free from the cable.

"It just went backwards once it became dislodged," said one of the riders, who did not want to be identified.

The tube slammed into the base of the lift at the bottom of the hill, injuring five of the riders, according to witnesses. The victims were taken to the hospital, some to Waterbury Hospital, the others to St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury. Two of the victims remained hospitalized Wednesday night with serious injuries.

The riders ranged in age from 19 to 35.

According to some of the victims, the staff at the ski resort yelled at them while they tended to their injured friends. NBC Connecticut contacted the Woodbury Ski Area, but no one would comment on the accident.

OSHA and several other agencies are investigating the accident.

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