Widow seeks answers after husband dies in accident while working at Loveland Ski Area

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CLEAR CREEK, Colo. -- Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are trying to learn why a Loveland Ski Area lift maintenance worker died while working Thursday morning.

OSHA investigators said Adam Lee, 40, was working on the Magic Carpet, a piece of equipment that helps beginners get up a hill, when the accident happened. They wouldn’t divulge more details.

“It was a shock,” Erika Lee said when she learned that her husband of 14 years had died.

The Lees have three children -- two girls who are 12 and 9 years old, and a boy who is 5.

“He just really loved those kids,” Erika Lee said. “Everything was about the kids. We always did family things together.”

But they’d been apart a lot the past two years. During the winter seasons, Adam lived in Colorado and worked at Loveland, while Erika and the children lived in Michigan, where she’s from.

Finally, this summer Lee was promoted to a lift maintenance worker and the rest of the family moved to Colorado.

“We struggled,” Erika said of their time apart. “Anyone who knows, knows we struggled and we fought really hard to stay together as a family. We didn’t just say OK, we’re going to call it quits.”

Now Erika wants answers as to what happened in the accident. She said Loveland Ski Area wouldn’t give her many details.

Loveland Ski Area only said in a statement that it was a fatal accident while Lee was working, that Ski Patrol responded immediately and the incident is being investigated.

"Loveland Ski Area extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends affected by this tragic event," it said in a statement.

“I didn’t say bye to him that morning,” Erika said. “I was rushing out the door, and I just ... I was wondering how I was going to get to work and I didn’t say bye to him, and that just went through my mind.

“It’s hard to imagine he’s never going to walk through that door again."

OSHA investigators said it could take up to six months for the investigation to be completed. They said deadly accidents involving workers at Loveland and other Colorado ski areas are rare.

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