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(DAVIS, W.V.) — About 25 people fell to the ground after a ski lift derailed at the Timberline Resort in Davis, West Virginia, Saturday morning, an official told ABC News.

The drop was about 30 feet, according to Joe Stevens of the West Virginia Ski Areas Association, of which Timberline is a member.

Two people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, Stevens said.

About 100 skiers were left stranded on the ski lift after the derailment, Chief Sandy Green of Canaan Valley Fire Department Chief Sandy Green told ABC News.

The remaining skiers were evacuated within two hours, said Stevens.

The derailment was near the bottom of the hill, right after where skiers jump on the lift, Green told ABC News, saying that the incident could have been much worse if the malfunction had been further up the hill where the lift reaches up to 60 feet.

Timberline tweeted at 10:40 a.m. that the Thunderstruck triple lift was not operating, saying that “we do not have all details at this time and our immediate focus is on our skiers.”

The cause of the derailment hasn’t been determined, Stevens said.

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