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Feb 14, 2016 5:08 PM

Trams get stuck on Cannon Mountain; 48 people evacuated from 2 cars

FRANCONIA - Two aerial trams at the Cannon Mountain ski area got stuck - one partway up and the other down - on Sunday, temporarily stranding 48 people.

Cannon spokesman Greg Keeler said the problem was a brake system that got stuck around 2:30 p.m. as the two trams, one heading up and the other heading down, started out.

Forty-one people, mostly skiers, were in the tram car heading up. Seven people, who'd been sightseeing at the top, were trapped in the tram heading down. Keeler said blankets were distributed to the top car, which was more exposed to the elements than the tram near the base.

Workers attempted to fix the brake problem, but after an hour, the decision was made to evacuate the trams, Keeler said. The seven at the top were brought up to the lodge at the top of Cannon and given hot drinks and food before being taken down off the mountain on snow machines.

The 41 at the bottom were also given free food and drinks and will receive vouchers to ski the mountain another day, he said.

Keeler said Cannon expected to be able to repair the brake system on Sunday, but the resort will reopen Monday regardless since there are other lifts at the resort. Cold temperatures are not blamed for the problem since the tram had been working fine earlier in the day when it was much colder, he said.

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