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  • 13 February 2013, 2:13

Skiers Hurt As Chairlift Derails In Scotland

Five children and an adult have been taken to hospital after a chairlift derailed at a Scottish ski resort.

Grampian Police said the incident happened at 3.25pm and was the result of a "suspected derailment" at the Lecht Ski Centre, near Tomintoul in Aberdeenshire.

All emergency services were scrambled to the scene.

Three of the group were airlifted to hospital while the others were taken by ambulance but all are said to be in a stable condition.

A further 36 people who were stranded on the slope were rescued after the accident.

A spokeswoman for the Lecht said: "We don't know the reason for the accident, however the Health and Safety Executive and the Lecht will be investigating the cause."

A force spokesman said: "Six people - five children and one adult - have been taken to hospital with what are believed to be non life-threatening injuries.

"Grampian Police and Braemar Mountain Rescue Teams were mobilised to assist with the rescue of those stranded.

"Units from Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Ambulance Service and local doctors were also called to the scene to assist.

"Inquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the incident."

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