Power Outage Traps Arch Visitors

St. Louis landmark evacuated; cause unknown
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2007 10:29 AM CDT
The St. Louis Gateway Arch is seen Dec. 4, 2006, from the East St. Louis, Ill., side of the Mississippi River, against the St. Louis skyline. KMOV-TV, a local television station, is reporting that a power...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A power outage trapped around 200 people in St. Louis's Gateway Arch last night. About 80 people were trapped in halted tram cars, while another 100 were stuck at the top of the monument. Evacuating the structure took about 2 hours. A fire department spokesman told the AP the cause of the equipment failure was unknown.

Two individuals received medical attention on the scene. "Everybody else seemed to be in good spirits, glad and relieved to be coming down," said the spokesman. The trapped visitors exited by stairs and freight elevator, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The popular tourist destination is open today, but only one of the two tram cars is operating.