Not guilty' says lift company
Lift Engineering Co., of Nevada, has filed a statement of defence with the B.C. Supreme Court denying any responsibility in a Dec. 23, 1995 accident with Whistler Mountain’s Quicksilver lift which led to two deaths.
"They've never acknowledged any responsibility for that accident," says David Perry, Whistler/Blackcomb vice-president marketing and sales who was director of marketing for Whistler Mountain at the time of the accident.
Two people — Trevor MacDonald, 25, and James Roche, 50 — died from injuries when the chairs they were riding at the end of the day fell to the ground. Several others were also injured, including one man who was left paralyzed. A total of four chairs fell from the line.
The legal activity by Lift Engineering is said to be part of a legal response to earlier activity by Whistler/Blackcomb to seek some redress from the chair lift manufacturer.
"Their proclamation of innocence was expected," Perry says. "It's part of the due diligence process, so there's nothing more to talk about at this point."