GRANBY, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators continue to investigate how a Texas woman fell to her death from a chairlift at Ski Granby Ranch on Thursday. The lift will remain closed during the investigation.

Kelly Huber, 40, of San Antonio, fell from the Quick Draw Express Lift.

Kelly Huber (credit: Facebook)

Kelly Huber (credit: Facebook)

Her two daughters were also injured after falling about 20 feet with her at the ski area located about 90 miles west of Denver.

According to the coroner, Huber’s cause of death was traumatic rupture of the aorta and blunt force trauma to the torso.

The lift will remain closed during the investigation until it is deemed safe for the public.

(credit: Lance Maggart/Sky-Hi Daily News)

(credit: Lance Maggart/Sky-Hi Daily News)

Huber’s 12-year-old daughter was treated and released from the local hospital, but her 9-year-old daughter was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Aurora. Her condition wasn’t released.

Kelly Huber (credit: Facebook)

Kelly Huber (credit: Facebook)

The Quick Draw Express lift brings skiers to beginner and intermediate terrain. The lift was equipped with a safety bar, but it’s not clear if it was being used.

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The last fatal fall in Colorado, which accounts for more than a fifth of skier visits nationwide, happened in 2002 when the manager of Winter Park Ski Resort fell about 15 feet from a lift after suffering seizure-like symptoms.

Colorado’s worst accident happened in 1976, when four people were killed after cable wires became entangled in a gondola in Vail. In 1985, two people died at Keystone Resort after the welding on the large wheel used to pull the cable failed.

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  1. Mark Parksel says:

    So horrific. I hope the little girl makes a full recovery. Word is that the safety bar on the chair was not being used and the chairlift began to sway, hit a pole and ejected all 3. Even if that is not completely true, it’s a good reminder to always deploy the safety bar on a lift chair.

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