Man Dies After Tree Strike at Hunter Mountain Resort, NY

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A 24-year-old skier died in an accident at the Hunter Mountain resort, NY authorities said Wednesday. Edward A. Chu, of Warren, N.J., died at about 2:45 pm Saturday after striking a tree on the Rip’s Return trail, said state police Senior Investigator Bill Fitzmaurice, reports the Daily Freeman. Rip’s Return in an intermediate trail, according to Hunter Mountain‘s website.

Fitzmaurice said Chu, who was wearing a helmet, “had been a skier for a while,” but he did not know how often Chu skied or how proficient he was.

In an emailed statement, a Hunter Mountain spokeswoman confirmed the fatality and said the resort’s management and staff are “devastated by this tragedy.”

Chu’s death follows a Jan. 19 fatal accident at Hunter Mountain. The name of the skier who died in that incident has not been made public, but Greene County Sheriff Gregory Seeley said Wednesday the person was not wearing a helmet and “only skied once a year and absolutely shouldn’t have been there.”

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