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Skier in critical condition after striking tree at Holiday Valley

ELLICOTTVILLE – A 22-year-old Blasdell woman was critically injured when she crashed into a tree while skiing at Holiday Valley on Friday night.

Casey McAbee suffered a broken neck, bleeding on the brain, a broken pelvis and severe cut to her head, according to a fundraising Web page.

The young mother, who was put in a medically induced coma, was in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Erie County Medical Center on Monday afternoon.

She was skiing on the Crystal trail at Holiday Valley on Friday night, a resort spokeswoman said in an email.

The crash happened about 7:30 p.m. when McAbee veered off a trail and struck a tree, according to the GoFundMe page set up to collect donations for medical and household expenses.

Resort staff began looking for the woman around 8:30 p.m. Friday, according to a statement from a Holiday Valley spokeswoman.

McAbee was found at about 9 p.m. and treated at the site of the crash by ski patrol. She was then transported to an ambulance and then to Mercy Flight, which took her to ECMC, the spokeswoman said.

The version of events briefly described on the GoFundMe page asserts that it took the resort’s ski patrol an hour to find her after they were notified she was missing.

However, a resort spokeswoman disputed the timeline asserted on the GoFundMe page.

“The timeline on the [Holiday Valley] statement is what happened on that night,” spokeswoman Jane Eshbaugh said in an email.

McAbee is originally from West Seneca and is studying forensic chemistry at SUNY Buffalo State, according to her Facebook page.

The Crystal trail is rated “blue square” difficulty – above the easiest level and below “most difficult,” according to Holiday Valley’s website.