Los Gatos Girl Injured in Fall From Squaw Valley Ski Lift

The 8-year-old and her mother reportedly did not have the restraint bar lowered when she fell.

An 8-year-old girl from the Bay Area is recovering after falling from a chairlift at Squaw Valley Resort in the Lake Tahoe area.

The girl from Los Gatos, who had been wearing a helmet, was transported to a Reno hospital after the incident Saturday near Tahoe City. Her injuries were reportedly not life-threatening.

An update on her condition was not immediately known.

Resort officials said in a statement that ski patrollers responded and administered emergency medical care on the girl before she was flown to Renown Medical Center.

The girl had reportedly been on the lift with her mother and they did not have the restraint bar lowered when she fell. The resort recommends that the public use the restraint bars, but the action is not required.

The Squaw Valley incident is the second chairlift accident recently in the Tahoe area, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. An unoccupied chair fell from the lift on Sunday at the Heavenly Valley Resort. No one was injured.

A 7-year-old boy died in 2011 after a fall from a lift at Sugar Bowl Resort near Truckee.

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