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Lindenhurst man hurt in Colorado skiing accident

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  • A rescue team saved injured skier Scott Sedlack, of Lindenhurst, after a bad fall in Colorado on Wednesday. Sedlack remains hospitalized.

      A rescue team saved injured skier Scott Sedlack, of Lindenhurst, after a bad fall in Colorado on Wednesday. Sedlack remains hospitalized.
    Courtesy of Rocky Mountain National Park

 
 

A Lindenhurst man remains hospitalized in Colorado following a skiing accident, authorities said.

Scott Sedlack, 55, tumbled more than 900 feet down the side of Flattop Mountain at the Rocky Mountain National Park on Wednesday, according to a park news release. The park is near Estes Park, Colo.

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Sedlack had been participating in a guided ski outing with a group called ClimbingLife Guides.

Emergency authorities were notified of the accident through a cellular telephone call about 1 p.m. Wednesday. Rangers reached Sedlack about two hours later.

When they found him he had multiple serious injuries, according to the release.

Sedlack was rescued about 10,600 feet above the mountain's tree line, reports said.

A team of rescuers brought him down the mountain in a sled-type stretcher. Rescuers faced extremely cold temperatures, high winds and white out conditions, the news release said.

The rescue team reached a trailhead about 6:30 p.m. and then took Sedlack to Estes Park Medical Center by ambulance. He was later flown to Medical Center of the Rockies.

He was listed in critical condition Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

"Falls of this magnitude are rare, but they do occasionally happen in this type of terrain," park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said in an e-mail.

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