Sacto 9-1-1
July 17, 2013
UPDATE: 38 passengers rescued after State Fair monorail loses power

Visitors to the California State Fair will have to forego riding the monorail at Cal Expo until it is determined what caused a loss of power this afternoon that stranded 38 passengers.

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State Fair officials said service was disrupted about 4:14 p.m. because of a presumed power outage.

Assistant Chief Niko King of the Sacramento Fire Department said a rescue crew and truck company were dispatched to remove the passengers. Two scissor lifts, with a platform, and a ladder truck were used.

King said no injuries or medical emergencies were reported, and passengers calmly awaited the evacuation. The final passenger was safely on the ground at 5:21 p.m.

In keeping with standard procedures, Cal/OSHA's Amusement Ride Division was notified and will evaluate the cause of the service interruption, according to a State Fair news release. Officials said the train will remain on the tracks until it is evaluated, and will reopen upon completion of appropriate repairs and Cal/OSHA's inspection.

Officials said the monorail underwent a $1 million renovation in 2011.

Bee photo by Linda Gonzales

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