Four Recovered, Two Still Hospitalized Following Gondola Accident


Duluth, MN, Aug. 15--Two people who were hospitalized as a result of serious injuries suffered in the gondola accident at Lutsen Mountains, MN, last week remain hospitalized. Four others who were injured in the incident were treated and released on the day the accident occurred.

The accident happened at 12:45 p.m. near the summit of Moose Mountain on a part of the lift closest to the ground. Four people were in a car that apparently slid backward about 100 feet where it collided with a second car with two people in it, before falling 15 feet to the ground. Joel Krumm, 49, Golden Valley, MN, who was in the car that was hit, suffered severe head and chest injuries and remains in intensive care.

Alice Eckes, 53, of Shorewood, WI, incurred a broken leg and tailbone. A hospital spokesperson spokesperson described her condition as "great and recovering."

Lutsen spokesperson Jim Vick said rescue workers had a difficult time evacuating the injured parties because the part of the mountain where the accident occurred is not accessible by ambulance. Rescuers took the injured down on mountain access roads using trucks and all-terrain vehicles.