(Neb)-State Fair Tram Strands Riders 40-Feet Up
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island had some unexpected drama Sunday when the Sky Tram ride stopped with about 45 people on board. Fair spokesman Linda Lovgren says the riders were stuck 40-feet in the air for about an hour.
Lovgren says personnel from Wade Shows, the carnival contractor, quickly put together and executed a plan to get all the riders off safely.
State Fair safety consultant Ed LaSalle watched the rescue and says high-reach devices with fenced platforms were extended up to the tram cars. State Fair workers then helped load up passengers to be taken down with no one at risk of falling.
LaSalle says a problem with the tram's hydraulic drive system caused the ride to stall mid-air. Repairs were made Monday, but too late to get the ride back in service before the end of the fair.
This was the 150th anniversary year for the Nebraska State Fair, which brought it the nickname "the 150th Fairabration."
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