Bradley Smail said the ski lift was immediately shut down.
The malfunction was caused when one chair, which was carrying resort staff, slid backwards into another.
Around 10 a.m., a "malfunction" on a section of the chair lift cut the first auto loose, sending it sliding down the rope into another chair and causing a "chain reaction" that sent four slipped chairs sliding into a fifth, the Tussey Mountain ski resort said in a statement. May not be able to run it today. "We apologize to anyone who was offended by our hashtag".
'My husband, your employee is sitting here in the ER. "Sorry??? How about you show some concern for the employees and other people injured???" The ski lift was unable to move, forcing emergency crews to lower people with ropes, Eastern Dutchess County Fire and Rescue said. Six ambulances, police officers and multiple fire engines were on the scene. It's located near State College.
Tussey Mountain's Twitter page also responded to a comment on social media, writing, "There has not been a collapse, this is misleading".
In one photo, five lift chairs appear to be squashed together, pinning helpless skiiers against each other in temperatures of just 1C.
Officials said the lift was stopped and ski patrol and emergency responders began evacuating individuals from the lift.
"Still waiting on official word".