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Crews Rescue 21 People On Stuck Tram Cars

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A passenger is rescued after a Sandia Peak Tramway car was stranded overnight on New Year's Eve on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 in Albuquerque, N.M. A Bernalillo County Fire Department spokesman said 16 of the stranded people were rescued as of Saturday afternoon as rescue operations continued. The spokesman said those aboard the car when it got stuck at 10 p.m. Friday were all employees of the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway or a mountaintop restaurant. (Roberto E. Rosales /The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

(AP)–Authorities in New Mexico say icing on a cable caused two tram cars to get stuck high up in the Sandia Mountains overlooking Albuquerque, stranding 21 people overnight.

A Bernalillo County Fire Department spokesman said 20 people in one car were rescued early Saturday afternoon and that the one person in a second car was rescued several hours later.  The spokesperson said the people were all employees of the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway or a mountaintop restaurant.

Rescuers used ropes to lower the employees from the cars to ground and then they were ferried off the mountain by helicopter. No injuries were reported.

 

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