Teen Killed, Another Injured, in Tubing Accident

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SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio-A student from The Laurel School was killed and another was hurt in a tubing accident at a Utah ski resort on Monday.

Jessica Frankel, 16, died on Wednesday night, two days after the accident at Deer Valley Resort in Park City.

According to investigators, Frankel and Janet Oliva, 17, were tubing on a closed ski run when their inner tube crashed into a tree.

"They pushed off, went down the run, accelerated and went off the side of the run and struck some fixed objects, trees," said Bob Wheaton from Deer Valley Resort, where tubing is not permitted.

"There are tubing parks and tubing parks are designed and engineered to be safe. Tubing on ski areas that are designed for skiing is a tough deal, they're not designed for that. They can be extremely dangerous and the acceleration on a tube is very fast," explained Wheaton.

Both Frankel and Oliva were taken to a Salt Lake City hospital.

"They were with some other people who met us and directed us to where they were," said Park City Fire District Chief Steve Zwirn who was a first-responder on Monday.

According to Zwirn, both girls were in a group that climbed a beginner hill around 9 p.m., hours after the resort had closed for the night.

Zwirn said neither girl appeared to be wearing a helmet or other safety gear.

The Laurel School released a statement on Thursday, that reads: "The Laurel School Community is heartbroken at the loss of one of our students, Jessica Frankel. She was a source of inspiration and light; a wonderful, kind, confident, resilient young woman with immense promise. Jessica was a gifted athlete, a strong student and a loyal, loving friend who touched many lives in our close-knit Laurel community. Our sorrow is deep and our thoughts and prayers are with our girls and their families during this difficult time. While school is not in session due to winter break, late this morning, school leadership, faculty and our school psychologist met with students and will continue to be available to support our community during this time of incredible sadness. Our prayers also are with the second student injured in this tragic accident, who remains hospitalized."

On Thursday, Oliva was upgraded from critical to fair condition.