Ski lift firm accused in British boy's death

19th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

A company running ski lifts in the French Alps is accused of manslaughter for the death of a British boy strangled when his rucksack got caught in one, a judicial official said Thursday.

The Mechanical Lifts Company in the town of Chatel is accused "of letting the teenager get on with the bag on his back, when the regulations forbade it," during a school skiing trip, said the official in the prosecutor's office.

The company as a whole is accused of manslaughter, along with one of its employees accused of failing to stop 14-year-old Kieran Brooks getting on the lift with his backpack on, said the official, who asked not to be named.

Kieran was left in a coma after his rucksack got hitched in the seat as he tried to get off the cable-lift at the top. He was strangled by his clothing as he was dragged along suspended from the seat on its descent.

He was flown home to England after the accident in February and died there in hospital a month later.

© 2011 AFP

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