NEAR KELLOGG, Idaho-- Authorities said a 26-year-old man died Saturday after falling almost 100 feet out of a gondola car at the Silver Mountain Ski & Summer Resort near Kellogg, Idaho.
Dylan T. Crosby, 26, was identified as the victim by officials. Cosby was from Riffle Colorado and worked as a welder on the Yellowstone Pipeline.
The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office said local authorities received calls about the fall around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Officials say Crosby and his friend were riding down the mountain in one of the cars. We're told the two were at a concert during an event called Brewfest at the top of the mountain. Officials do not know if the two were drinking.
A preliminary report suggested Crosby climbed out a small window of the moving gondola car despite repeated warnings by his companion to get back inside. Crosby climbed out of the window of the gondola, onto the cable and started inching down in front of the car according to witnesses. Witnesses aren't sure if he was knocked off the cable or let go.
Crosby the fell about 85 feet from on top of the gondola car.
Authorities, along with resort staff, were able to locate Crosby who had extensive injuries. Medical personnel pronounced him dead shortly after arriving on scene.
Due to the steep, rocky terrain and darkness, emergency crews stayed on the scene until daylight when it was safe to recover the body. The gondola's we're shut down Sunday.
KREM 2 News was told Crosby didn't break or tamper with the door. The doors are locked during the ride, but anyone can lower the windows.
Resort officials say the gondola car itself was in proper working order.
Investigators said they will continue looking at the case and further information would be released when family members have been notified.
The resort is calling this an unfortunate accident and they send their condolences to the family.
An autopsy will be performed Monday.