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Teen airlifted from Algonquin ski park after lift traps arm

Published: Sunday, March 2, 2014 5:42 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, March 3, 2014 4:11 p.m. CST

ALGONQUIN – A 17-year-old employee at Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park in Algonquin was airlifted Sunday to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge after his arm became entrapped in a conveyor lift.

John Greene, batallion chief for Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District, said in a news release firefighters responded to the call at 1:46 p.m. Sunday and quickly called a MABAS box for technical rescue technicians after evaluating the scene.

The extra alarm brought in more than 30 emergency responders, four engines, one truck, two quads and two ambulances, causing traffic in both directions on Route 31 to be closed for a short period. A surgeon was also requested to the scene.

The 17-year-old was extricated at 2:47 p.m. and airlifted by Flight for Life. Officials at Advocate Luther General Hospital declined to give a condition update. The park closed after the emergency Sunday and is expected to remain closed Monday. Greene said an investigation is ongoing.

Fire departments from Carpentersville, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Fox River Grove, East Dundee, Wauconda, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Nunda Township and Cary assisted on the call.

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