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Former seasonal worker settles Excalibur lawsuit

Judge to hand down reasons in first lawsuit soon

Another snowboarder in the Excalibur Gondola collapse has settled his case out of court.

Michael Trick, who was a seasonal worker at the time of the accident, settled on Friday morning against Doppelmayr CTEC Ltd., Intrawest ULC, Intrawest Mountain Resorts Ltd., Blackcomb Skiing Enterprises Limiter Parntership and Whistler Mountain Resort Limited Partnership.

Defence lawyer Michael Gianacopoulos, of Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP, confirmed the settlement this week.

The details are confidential.

Trick was one of 11 people represented by Nancy Wilhelm-Morden who were suing Doppelmayr and Whistler Blackcomb in the wake of the Dec. 2008 accident. To date, nine have settled out of court.

One trial has been rescheduled and another case went to court in the second week of April. The judge in that case is expected to hand down his judgment within 30 days.

Trick was stuck in a gondola car for two and a half hours awaiting rescue after the top half of Tower 4 sheared off from the bottom, causing the cable to sag and cars to bounce towards the ground.

In his Statement of Claim, Trick claimed to suffer concussions, post-concussion syndrome, headaches, soft tissue injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, among other things.

Whistler Blackcomb will not comment while the matter is before the courts.