MERRIMAC (AP) -- Authorities say at least three people were seriously injured in a ski lift accident at the Devil's Head Resort near the Wisconsin town of Merrimac.
Sauk County Chief Deputy Chip Meister says it happened about 7 p.m. Thursday. He says the chair lift stopped, and then started going backward, and lift operators were unable to stop it immediately.
Meister says 12 people were taken to area hospitals. He says at least three of them were seriously injured but not critically, while seven had minor injuries. He didn't have details on the ages of the victims or the nature of their injuries.
The chief deputy says the lift was full, but he didn't know how may people were aboard when it started going backward. He says emergency responders finished evacuating the lift just after 9 p.m.
Merrimac is about 20 miles northwest of Madison.
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