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Ten3 staff members recount the rescue operation from the Sandia Peak tramway

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There were plenty of other joyful greetings early in the afternoon as ride after train, more people were brought home from the long cold night stuck on the tram.

The problem started Friday night when a winter storm hit the subway.

“We have an elbow that can read the wind on our towers and we try not to go above 7.7. 7 is a number we don’t really like and when we were 5 we decided we needed to. started knocking customers down,” said Drajon Jones, employee of Sandia Peak Tramway.

So they started clearing people off the top earlier than usual.

“We got all the guests out well and safely, but that just left the staff out,” Jones said.

Thirteen employees get off the tram every day after work, and sometimes – they get hiccups.

“I’ve been here 2 years, we got stuck once or twice due to some weather, and you just have to wait 15-20 minutes but those 15 minutes turn into half an hour, half an hour turn into an hour and the conversation. came. Then we heard about the tape and we had to dock in one of the towers,” said Bill Howly, Ten3 general manager.

They eventually docked at the tower overnight, and into the new year – rescue teams from multiple agencies have been called – helicopters have been lifted into the air to assess how best to get everyone to safety. whole. And in the end they pushed back from the tram.

“At first we wondered if we were going to be hiking and were a little upset about it but we were happy anyway. We were going out, but as soon as we heard the helicopters and pushed back, we were like ok bucket list, bucket list,” Howly said.

In surprisingly good spirits, every employee was checked on the scene by EMS and no injuries were reported.

“I get home, I’ll take a warm shower and go to bed, I’m tired,” Howly said.

It’s pretty cramped in the tram – but these trams are prepared for this exact situation – there’s an emergency kit of blankets, sleeping bags, food – there’s even a space where they can go toilet.

Those supplies dragged them through the night and into the morning – before rescue crews could bring people down. Teams were able to bring them water – hand warmers – more clothes and shoes. In the end, everyone got off safely.

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Yasmin Harisha

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