News: One Person Injured After Alyeska Tram Hits Tower

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Girdwood TramUser-submitted photo of the Alyeska tram by Erin Hofstad.

Story via KTUU - GIRDWOOD, Alaska — The Alyeska Ski Resort reports a guest suffered minor injuries when strong wind gusts caused the resort's tram to hit a tower.

It happened around 7:20 p.m. Monday while two guests and three employees were in the first car and two employees were in the second car.

According to the resort, 80 guests dining at Seven Glaciers Restaurant had to be transported via chairlift and by snowcat as mechanics and field crews inspected both the tram and tower.

Erin Hofstad, a passenger in the car, says three tram employees were inside when it struck the tower.

“We're more than lucky to be alive right now and we couldn't have done it without the tram employees and every single ski patroller,” Hofstad wrote in an email Tuesday.

The tram remains closed.

The resort is in Girdwood, roughly 27 miles southeast of Anchorage.

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