Dozens Rescued from Tram Cars at New Hampshire Ski Resort
Photo courtesy of Facebook/Cannon Mountain
At least 48 people had to be rescued from a pair of tram cars Sunday afternoon when they became stranded dozens of feet above the ground at Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway in New Hampshire's White Mountains, WMUR reported.
The incident occurred around 1:50 p.m. local time Sunday when a mechanical issue caused the braking system to engage while the tram cars were still dozens of feet from their destinations, Cannon Mountain said in a statement.
Although the ordeal lasted several hours and blankets had to be sent up to keep guests warm amid freezing temperatures, no injuries were reported.
Emergency personnel began evacuating people from the cars around 3:20 p.m. and both cars were completely evacuated by 4:45 p.m.
"It was very frightening, actually. But they did a professional job and I was happy to get back on the ground," said WMUR editor Paula Tracy, who was inside one of the stranded cars.
Tracy said there were mostly adult skiers inside the car and there was never any panic.
Afterward, the guests were escorted into the terminal restaurants where they were offered blankets and hot food and drinks. What's more, every guest received a voucher to return at a later date.
The tram is expected to remain closed Monday as mechanics work to fix the issue and it could be several days before the problem is resolved, Cannon Mountain said in a statement on its official Facebook page.
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