Cable car cabin freezes high with 21 on board in Albuquerque


The icy conditions caused a cabin to get stuck in a cable car similar to the one in this image.

The icy conditions caused a cabin to get stuck in a cable car similar to the one in this image.

Photo: Philipp Guelland / Getty Images

Twenty-one people were rescued by emergency personnel in the Albuquerque area after spending the night in a frozen cable car cabin that was stuck in the heights from 2 am at the beginning of the year.

The dramatic rescue that required a helicopter alleviated a tense and dangerous situation on the Sandia Peak Tramway. The last person rescued on Saturday afternoon was an employee of the place, who according to the authorities was in a different cabin.

The incident brought to mind the tragedy that occurred last May in Italy in which 14 people died when a cabin fell into the void.

A spokeswoman for the Bernalillo County, New Mexico Sheriff, said rescue teams were “evaluating a plan to get everyone out (of the area) because the weather is getting worse.” reported the Albuquerque Journal.

The spokeswoman reported that the first 911 call was received at 2:11 a.m. and that the people trapped were workers from a restaurant that is located at the top of the Sandia Peak Tramway and that they were on the way down after completing their workday.

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