This caught them off guard, and they say they’re always monitoring the weather, but they couldn’t have foreseen these specific conditions on Friday night, which made the freeze happen very quickly.
“We’ve never seen a freeze so fast, that’s what’s special about Friday night – lots of humidity, moisture in the air, warmer lows, but all of that, we Never seen such a fast freeze in my time here,” said Michael Donovan, general manager of Sandia Peak Tramway.
Company officials closed the restaurant – 10:30 a.m. – earlier than usual because of the weather and forced customers to leave.
“All conditions are within our operating parameters to get our guests and staff down safely,” says Donovan.
KOB 4 Reporter Tommy Lopez: Was it really a thought to have those employees involved? There was a debate about whether it was safe enough at that stage?
Donovan: “Not available.”
KOB 4 Reporter Tommy Lopez: Are there any of your protocols for later reevaluation?
Donovan: “We’re definitely going to be assessing weather trends and what we’ve seen before. That’s already started happening within myself and our management team, to look at the trends. direction, how quickly those extreme freezing conditions happen, and we’ll do everything in the future where we can avoid activities anywhere near those parameters.”
He points to situations like the ones we saw yesterday – with people needing to push back and get off helicopters after being stuck for 15 hours – which are very rare for trams.
“Our safety record speaks for itself. We haven’t had any incidents like this, and, knock on the wood, I hope there won’t be any more.”
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