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.
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