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240 People Trapped in Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch at Night; jaymce Photo.

The Gateway Arch at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis; jaymce photo found via Flickr.

Last night at 8:45 pm, the power went out in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis trapping 240 people inside the structure. It took rescue workers 2 1/2 hours to get everybody out, but no one was hurt in the process. 100 people stuck on the observation level were able to exit the Arch down 300 feet of stairs to a freight elevator. The Arch is 630 feet tall. The power loss may have happened when a cable attached to the south tram snapped. Service to the top of the Arch is expected to return today in the north tram.

You can read more about this story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ('Power Loss Traps Visitors in the Arch'), or catch television news coverage on St. Louis TV station KMOV.

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