Jury Awards $750K to Woman Trapped on Ski Gondola for Hours

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RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A jury has awarded $750,000 to a hiker who was trapped for five hours on a gondola at a Vermont ski resort that closed early for the day because of bad weather.

The Rutland Herald (http://bit.ly/2gq72Op ) reports the Rutland County jury came back with the award for Nadine Price on Wednesday.

Price was hiking at the Killington ski resort when she boarded the gondola at about 3:15 p.m. in October 2011. The gondola closed at about 3:30 p.m. that day rather than the usual 5 p.m.

Searchers eventually found the Pittsfield woman in the gondola near the top of the mountain.

Price’s lawyer William Meub says she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder based on “the torture” of being stuck for five hours in the gondola.

Killington’s lawyer declined to comment.