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Update: 8-year-old boy seriously hurt after falling from chairlift at Spirit Mountain

An 8-year-old Solon Springs boy was seriously injured after falling more than 25 feet from a chairlift at Spirit Mountain in Duluth on Friday afternoon, the second of two falls from chairlifts at the ski area that day.

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Cameron Jones, 8, of Solon Springs is recovering at St. Luke's hospital after falling from a chairlift at Spirit Mountain ski area in Duluth on Friday afternoon. He suffered a fractured pelvis, and fractured radius and ulna, among other injuries. (Photo courtesy of Donna Jones)
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An 8-year-old Solon Springs boy was seriously injured after falling more than 25 feet from a chairlift at Spirit Mountain in Duluth on Friday afternoon, the second of two falls from chairlifts at the ski area that day.

Cameron Jones suffered a fractured pelvis; fractured radius and ulna; fractured rib; and liver laceration, among other injuries, and lost consciousness for a time, said his mother, Donna Jones - but the helmet he was wearing spared him from what could have been even more severe injuries.

“He would've lost his life or had a serious traumatic brain injury had he not been wearing a helmet,” she said Saturday. “He is doing miraculously well. His helmet saved him.”

Cameron was at the ski hill on Friday with other homeschool students; the fall happened about 1 p.m. on the Spirit Express II chairlift near tower 9. Donna Jones said her son initially did not remember the fall, but was starting to remember some of the events on Saturday as he was being treated at St. Luke’s hospital.

Donna Jones said she's heard from hundreds of people expressing concern for her son, and praying for his recovery. She said the family is appreciative of the support.

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Spirit Mountain officials reported in a statement Saturday that ski patrol and mountain operations staff responded immediately after being notified of the fall on Friday afternoon. It was the second of the day at the ski area; about 11 a.m., a skier fell from the Spirit Express II chairlift near the top of the unload terminal. After providing first aid at the scene and in the ski patrol room at the chalet, Spirit Mountain officials reported, that skier was released.

“The two incidents were isolated and not related,” the statement said.

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