A new report says an inadequate safety
gate, a distracted crew and an inexperienced volunteer were
possible contributing factors to a two-toboggan crash at the Camden
Snow Bowl’s annual toboggan races.
The report provides a detailed narrative of the Feb. 9 accident
that sent six people to the hospital during the ski area’s annual
U.S. National Toboggan Championships, a tongue-in-cheek competition
in which some participants race in outlandish costumes.
During the competition, a toboggan carrying four people
overturned and came to a rest at the bottom of the 400-foot
toboggan chute. Another toboggan with four people was then
inadvertently released down the chute and crashed into the
The report’s recommendations include adding a new safety gate at
the top of the toboggan run and training more chute-loading crew
members so untrained volunteers aren’t needed.