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St. Louis Arch tram stalls, trapping visitors

1:54 AM, Jun 17, 2011   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - One of the trams in the St. Louis Arch stalled Thursday afternoon, effectively trapping visitors inside for over an hour.

According to a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, the entire north leg tram lost power.  A backup motor was used to hoist the tram back up to the top of the Arch where occupants then got a ride down on the south tram.   

Paramedics were called into the Arch and took one young woman to the hospital for what officials described as a "wellness check."

Passengers stuck in the car below her say she was starting to panic in the hot tram car and passed out.

Passengers were stuck in the cars for about 45 minutes.  Park rangers cracked the doors to the cars and brought passengers water saying it was safer for the passengers to stay in the cars.  Some complained that it took too long to get water to them and too long to get them unstuck.

"It had to be over 110 degrees in there," said David Green who was visiting from Minnesota with his family.  "I've got three small kids under the age of six that kept taken their clothes off to stay cool."

Once the 40 passengers reached the top of the Arch they waited with another 80 who were already at the top for park employees to start the south tram to bring them down.  The south tram was closed for construction at the entrance to the Arch.


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