State fair monorail stops; 38 passengers safely rescued

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SACRAMENTO, CA - There was an unexpected lift from a ladder truck for 38 fairgoers Wednesday afternoon after the monorail they were riding at the California State Fair stopped high above the fairgrounds.

An apparent power failure stopped the monorail at 4:14 p.m. according to Koula Gianulia, State Fair Media Director.

"We were just rolling along and then all of a sudden, stop," said Desiree Kirk, who was stuck above the fair midway for over an hour with her daughter Nisa Dominguez. 

No one was hurt. 

The fair brought in two lifts and a Sacramento Fire Department ladder truck within minutes and passengers were taken off, with the last one removed by 5:21 p.m.

"They just said 'hold tight' and basically we'll get you off as soon as possible," Kirk said. 

Some passengers were relieved at how quickly they were taken off.

"I felt like we were gonna be up there for a few hours," said third grader Nisa Dominguez, who admitted to being scared at first. 

Passengers were given water bottles while they waited to be taken off. They were also given fair vouchers for food and rides after they were brought to the ground.

"It went pretty smooth  ...  it was perfect," Kirk said.

Cal/OSHA's amusement ride division conducted a preliminary inspection of the monorail Thursday. State Fair officials said they hoped to have the monorail in operation again Thursday afternoon.

The monorail underwent a $1 million renovation in 2011.


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