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January 7, 2017

Vermont State Police Press Release/Untimely Death Investigation at Killington Ski Resort/ 17B400137

VSP Press Release-Incident




TROOPER: Det. Sgt. Robert Patten    

STATION: Rutland             

CONTACT#:(802) 773-9101

DATE/TIME: January 7, 2017, at 4 PM

LOCATION: Killington Ski Resort

VICTIM: Jeffrey K. Chalk


CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Pittsford, Vermont

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On January 7, 2017, at about 4 PM, EMS responded to the Killington Ski Resort in the town of Killington, Vermont, for an injured employee. The employee, Jeffrey K. Chalk, had been found injured and unresponsive by a fellow resort employee. Chalk, a gondola mechanic, was discovered on the floor of Skyeship Gondola's North Brook Terminal. Chalk was aided by medical personnel at the resort and subsequently transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC) where he was pronounced dead at 5:33 PM.

The initial indications are Chalk, a longtime Killington Ski Resort employee, was working alone when he fell approximately thirteen feet from a catwalk to the cement floor below. There was evidence that Chalk had sustained a serious head injury.  Chalk will undergo an autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) to determine the cause and manner of death. Chalk's death is being jointly
investigated by the Vermont State Police and the OCME. Vermont State Police have made a standard referral to Vermont's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA). No further information is being released at this time. End of report.