200 Trapped in Gateway Arch for 2 Hours

The Associated Press
Sunday, July 22, 2007; 1:37 AM

ST. LOUIS -- Some 200 people were trapped Saturday night inside the Gateway Arch for about two hours after an apparent power outage, authorities said.

Fire Department spokesman Steve Simpson told KSDK-TV that rescue crews treated two people. One was given oxygen and the other was diabetic. He did not elaborate on their treatment.

"Everybody else seemed to be in good spirits, glad and relieved to be coming down," he said.

The people became trapped when trams on both legs of the arch stalled, authorities said. Some also were stranded at the top of the 630-feet high monument of stainless steel where they were watching a fireworks show, the TV station reported.

At about 11:30 p.m., light could again be seen through windows at the top of the arch and a man trapped inside used his cell phone to call KSDK and report that the trams were working again and people were being taken to the bottom.

Anxious relatives stood outside the popular tourist attraction as rescuers worked inside. Dozens of emergency vehicles surrounded the arch.

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