Val D’or: girl’s death followed attempted jump from ski chairlift

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Val D'or: girl's death followed attempted jump from ski chairlift
Val D'or: girl's death followed attempted jump from ski chairlift

A 15-year-old girl has died after falling from a ski chairlift Wednesday night in the Abitibi region of northwestern Quebec.

Quebec provincial police say the girl and a friend were trying to perform a trick that involved jumping from the chairlift before it reached the summit at the Mont-Video ski centre in Barraute, Que.

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The friend was successful, but the victim fell onto a snow-covered boulder. Sgt. Marie-Josee Ouellet said the fall caused injuries requiring transportation to a hospital in nearby Amos. The Val-d’Or resident died shortly afterwards.

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It was not clear whether the friends were skiing or snowboarding. Provincial police are investigating to determine the exact cause of the accident, which happened at about 9:15 p.m.

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The Mont-Video ski centre was closed Thursday as a result of the incident. Management of the centre was not immediately available for comment.

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