SKOWHEGAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Eaton Mountain Ski Area is opening for the 2013 season, one year after an incident there almost took the life of its owner.
David Beers was working on one of his snow groomers last December when he accidently activated its throttle. The 18,000 pound machine ran over Beers' entire body giving him multiple broken bones and skull fractures. "Basically my face was pinned right in line with the wheels of the machine and it went completely over me," says Beers.
One of the first people to come to his aid was Julie Keaton. Keaton who has worked at Eaton Mountain since Beers first season there covered his body so that his family wouldn't have to see his injuries, but the hardest part for her was trying to talk him through it all. "I honestly thought I was hearing the last words that a man was saying and I thought i was going to have to share that with his wife and son," says Keaton.
Twenty minutes after Keaton went to Beers' aid, help arrived. He was then rushed to Eastern Maine Medical Center where he spent a month in the hospital and then several more months recovering from home. One year later he isn't taking anything for granted. "At least I feel like I'm the luckiest guy alive to be standing here talking about it," says Beers.
Eaton Mountain will be opening Friday January 4th from 3-9PM. They are open most weekends Friday through Sunday, for snow tubing only. Due to some repairs that need to be made to their ski lift they aren't offering skiing, but hope to have the slopes opened by next year.