Woman dies in freak zip line accident after hitting broken tree

Posted at 5:06 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 17:06:45-04

Officials determined that South Carolina woman Lisa Lambe died of blunt-force trauma from a broken tree. (Courtesy: John Lambe)

SUNDANCE, Utah – A 55-year-old woman who died while zip-lining at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah Saturday was killed by a broken tree, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

Authorities said Lisa Lambe of Hilton Head, South Carolina, died from blunt-force trauma.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office sent KSTU this statement:

Utah County Sheriff’s Office Investigators have determined that the death of Lisa Lambe was caused by her striking a tree while riding on the zip line at Sundance Mountain Resort, in Provo Canyon. The accident happened on May 20, 2016 at about 5:30 PM. Mrs. Lambe was riding the zipline while visiting from South Carolina. Investigators located a tree in close proximity to the zip line that was broken near the top. Investigators recovered evidence from the tree that shows Lambe came into contact with it, which was consistent with her injuries at the scene. Investigators believe that high winds caused the tree to break and fall into Lambe’s path in this unfortunate accident. There is no evidence of criminal wrong doing in this case.

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ZipTour at Sundance Mountain Resort

The Sundance Zip Tour was cleared to continue operating Monday.

Lambe was on her last of the five spans of the zip line when the incident happened, Director of Mountain Operations Czar Johnson told KSTU.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, Lambe “sustained serious internal injuries while riding the zip line.”

Lambe was found unconscious and not breathing, suspended from her harness and brought to the ground to be treated.

She was later pronounced dead at a Provo hospital.

Sundance sent Fox 13 this statement Monday:

All of us here at Sundance Mountain Resort are deeply saddened by Mrs. Lambe’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time. Safety is and always has been a top priority for us. We are working very closely with local authorities during the pending investigation. All spans of the Sundance ZipTour have been cleared for operations.
Chad Linebaugh
General Manager

Sundance Mountain Resort issued this statement over the weekend:

While participating in the Zip Tour excursion, a female guest lost consciousness and died shortly thereafter. It is Sundance Mountain Resort’s policy to respect the privacy of our guests, employees and their families during this most difficult time, Sundance Mountain Resort cannot provide any personal or confidential information. Utah County public safety may be contacted for any further details on this matter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and all of those involved.

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