Dozens Fall From Derailed Ski Lift in West Virginia

PHOTO: A spokesman for West Virginia Ski Areas Association confirms that more than two dozen skiiers at the Timberline Resort in West Virginia suffered minor injuries after a ski lift derailed, Feb. 20, 2016. Twitter/Chase Fowler
A spokesman for West Virginia Ski Areas Association confirms that more than two dozen skiiers at the Timberline Resort in West Virginia suffered minor injuries after a ski lift derailed, Feb. 20, 2016.

About 25 people fell to the ground after a ski lift derailed at the Timberline Resort in Davis, West Virginia, this 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.

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

"All of Timberline's lifts undergo thorough and rigorous inspection in a timely fashion and are in compliance with all applicable safety standards, including federal guidelines for maintenance and annual mechanical inspection and the strict safety requirements of Timberline’s insurance provider," Timberline Four Seasons Resort said in a Facebook post this afternoon.

"Daily maintenance checks are performed each morning by resort staff, and ski patrol rides the lifts and completes a visual inspection of Timberline's lifts before they are opened to the public," the resort said, adding that it has a mechanic on staff for "routine service."

"In our 30 year history, Timberline has never had a lift failure resulting in injury or in any way comparable to today's malfunction, and the resort will continue to investigate the cause of this incident to ensure the safety of our skiers," the resort said.

ABC News' Lucien Bruggeman contributed to this report.