Skier dies in accident

February 04, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 35-year-old Westminster man died of head, neck and chest injuries Tuesday night after he apparently skied off course and crashed into a drainage ditch at a Pennsylvania resort.

Charles Manahan of the 4000 block of Ridge Road was skiing about 7:30 p.m. at Whitetail ski resort near Mercersburg, Pa., about 18 miles west of Hagerstown, when he ran off a slope onto dry ground and his skis dropped 6 inches into the ditch, throwing him over, a resort official said.

Bruce Watson, the resort's general manager, said Mr. Manahan was skiing with a friend on the lighted trail and was about 50 feet off course when he dropped into the ditch.

Mr. Manahan was taken to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, where he was pronounced dead on arrival an hour later.

Mr. Watson said few people were on the slopes Tuesday evening because of the extremely cold weather.

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