ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Officials said moisture and winds caused two cable cars to stop Friday in New Mexico on Friday night, leaving nearly two dozen people stranded.
The passengers on the Sandia Peak Tramway, a popular tourist attraction in Albuquerque, were stranded due to icy weather, KRQE-TV reported. The attraction was shut down Saturday due to icy and windy conditions, according to its website.
Update 5:55 p.m. EST Jan. 1: Officials with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday rescued a final person who had become trapped earlier in the day on the Sandie Peak Tramway.
Deputies shared video of the rescue on Facebook.
Earlier, officials with the Bernalillo County Department said the sole person left stranded after 20 others were rescued from a separate gondola was an employee.
In a tweet, Bernalillo County Fire said all 20 people were rescued from Gondola 2. Crews are still working on a rescue plan for one employee who is still in Gondola 1, the agency said.
Original report: According to Sandia Peak general manager Michael Donovan, the cars became stuck at 10 p.m. MST, the television station reported.
Sandia Peak official Brian Coon told KOB-TV that there was an unusually fast accumulation of ice on one of the cables that made it droop below the tram, making it dangerous to keep moving.
Donavan told KOAT-TV that all of the people in the cars are in good condition and have water and heating blankets aboard the tram.
In a statement, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said that passengers would be evacuated two at a time. Deputies hoped to begin the evacuations sometime Saturday afternoon.
One of the riders, Colleen Elvidge, posted photos from the tram car in a Facebook post.
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