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Aspen Skiing Co. sued over July 4 platform collapse

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Two local residents are seeking at least $100,000 from the Aspen Skiing Co. in connection to last Fourth of July’s collapse of a platform on Aspen Mountain.

Donny Bellm of Aspen and Redstone resident K. DezaRae O’Flannery jointly filed a lawsuit Friday in Pitkin County District Court, blaming Skico for the miscue. The suit was made public Monday.

The suit says that the two were on uploading platform, which sits at the top of Lift 1A, when it collapsed. Both were injured as a result of the accident. The suit does not provide details of the injuries.

The Skico had yet to be served with the suit on Monday and had no comment, said company spokesman Jeff Hanle.

According to published reports about the accident, six people stood on the platform to watch the holiday fireworks. At approximately 9:30 that night, Aspen firefighters responded to a 911 call.

Denver attorneys Chad Hemmat and Ethan McQuinn filed the suit, which seeks a jury trial, on behalf of the plaintiffs. They could not be reached for immediate comment Monday.