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Firefighters rescue 8 people trapped on Pearlridge monorail

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:23 a.m. HST, Jan 22, 2013

Honolulu firefighters rescued eight people trapped for nearly two hours in a monorail car more than 30 feet above the ground at Pearlridge Center Monday night.

According to Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig, the car stopped on the suspended rail system just short of the Ross Dress For Less store due to a mechanical failure. Trapped inside the car were one adult male, three adult females, and four children.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 7:30 p.m.

Once it was confirmed that there was not power going through the rail system, the rescuers raised about 50 feet of ladder from a quint truck at an angle to reach the car. They then used a rope system to secure each person as they walked them down the ladder one at a time, Seelig said.

All eight people were safely on the ground by 9:15 p.m.

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manakuke wrote:
A re-occurring problem in Las Vegas; bringing serious questions of reliability.
on January 22,2013 | 06:23AM
pero wrote:
Will this happen with the rail/train? and can the fire department's ladder reach the rail/train cars?
on January 22,2013 | 06:40AM
Of course you realize that tram is probably 30 years old. Why dont you ask that question in about 20 more years.
on January 22,2013 | 05:35PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
We will.
on January 22,2013 | 10:28PM
likewise wrote:
It's usually about this time that you realize you have to use the bathroom.
on January 22,2013 | 06:54AM
loquaciousone wrote:
As my little league coach used to say pratis pratis pratis...The fire department needs the practice in anticipation for the Gravy Train to nowhere.
on January 22,2013 | 07:53AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Wow! It's like a newspaper article from 2020, or 2021, or 2022, or 2023...
on January 22,2013 | 09:09AM
MakaniKai wrote:
HeHeHe Kalaheo1 Now that is FUNNY!!!!! Aloha.
on January 22,2013 | 02:55PM
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