Two teens injured in tubing accident at Deer Valley
December 20, 2011
Two teenage girls were injured Monday night in a tubing accident at Deer Valley Resort, the Park City Fire District said.
Steve Zwirn, a battalion chief, said both of them are 15 years old. According to Zwirn, the two were on the same tube on the Success run at Deer Valley Resort. The tube left the ski run and struck a tree, he said. Success is a beginner-rated run that ends outside Snow Park Lodge.
Both of the teens were in critical condition when emergency responders took them to hospitals, Zwirn said. A medical helicopter took one of them to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City and an ambulance took the other to an unspecified hospital, he said. Details about their injuries were not immediately available.
Zwirn was unsure where the teens are from and whether they are related. He said they were staying in a condominium in lower Deer Valley.
Emergency responders were notified of the accident through a 911 call at 8:48 p.m. Zwirn said the initial report classified the case as a sledding accident. Three ambulances and two fire trucks responded.
A Deer Valley representative said tubing is not a resort-sanctioned activity. Coleen Reardon, the resort’s marketing director, said it is uncommon for people to be on the slopes after regular skiing hours. She said it is "dangerous" to be on a ski run after dark. Reardon said the resort’s "hearts go out to their families."