Tragic Accident Claims Life of Sheldon Johnson, Woman Injured in Gondola Collision

By | July 18, 2023

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The man killed and the woman seriously injured in the incident at Quebec’s Mont Tremblant resort were identified as residents of Ontario, according to the Quebec provincial police. The tragic accident occurred when the victims were ejected from a gondola that collided with a drilling machine. The man, identified as Sheldon Johnson, 50, from Kingston, Ontario, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman, in her 50s, was taken to a Montreal hospital in critical condition.

The exact circumstances surrounding the collision are still unknown, and investigators are working to determine why a drilling machine was operating near a moving gondola. The drill belonged to a third party and was being moved along a designated path prescribed by the owner of Mont-Tremblant. The employee operating the equipment suffered severe nervous shock and was also hospitalized.

The incident has prompted investigations by both the Quebec workplace health and safety board and the agency overseeing construction work and building safety. The gondola and the drill will remain at the scene until further notice.

This tragic event serves as a reminder of the importance of safety protocols and thorough inspections in the operation of recreational facilities. The Mont Tremblant resort had previously undergone inspections, including the gondola involved in the incident, with no correction notices issued.

Flags at the resort were flown at half-mast as a mark of respect for the victims. The incident follows a similar gondola crash at the Mont Sainte-Anne resort in December, which fortunately resulted in no injuries.

As the investigation continues, it is hoped that answers will be found to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future. The thoughts and condolences of all those involved in the investigation are with the victims’ families during this difficult time..

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