Mar. 29, 2012
Several individuals who were hurt in a freak accident on Saturday, March 17, at the Bear Claw Tubing Park of Wisp Resort are reportedly all recovering from their injuries. The accident happened during the annual Cardboard Box Derby, a fundraiser hosted by the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club that benefits that group’s Blind Skier Program.
The event, this year with the theme of “Beachin’ Weekend,” involved 31 entries, and had proceeded with no problems until near the end of the contest.
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According to a spokesperson for Wisp, one of the last entries in the field, registered as the “Dragon Wagon,” started down the designated lane of the tubing park. It was carrying 14 individuals, a mix of adults and minors.
It descended approximately halfway down the lane, and then veered out of lane #2 and crossed into lane #1. It traveled approximately 30 yards in tubing lane #1 before leaving the snow surface. The Dragon Wagon then collided with metal pipes that support a snow-making machine. The pipes were protected by four 55-gallon plastic barriers.
The spokesperson said the impact caused the occupants to forcefully collide with each other, and some were ejected out of the vessel. Two children were taken by helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., and five others left the premises by ambulance.
“All injured individuals were attended to and were en route to area hospitals within 45 minutes after the incident occurred,” the spokesperson said.
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