Rescue operation underway on Indy Zoo’s Skyline Ride

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A ride at the Indianapolis Zoo experienced a technical issue Thursday afternoon, leaving a number of people on board stuck and prompting a rescue by emergency officials.

The call came in around 12:05 p.m. at the Skyline Ride.

Indianapolis Zoo officials say there were three cars stopped on the ride, which is about 50 feet in the air. Indianapolis Fire Department crews were called to assist.

Crews were working to rescue people stuck on a ride at the Indianapolis Zoo.
Crews were working to rescue people stuck on a ride at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Officials say the ride stopped because a breaker switch malfunctioned and went off. IFD said they would attempt to restart the system, but then resorted to evacuating people from the cars. About ten people, including children, were reportedly among those trapped within the cars.

Chopper 8 was over the scene when one of the cars began moving again, then abruptly stopped causing the car to shake.

This is not the first time the Skyline Ride has been stuck. On Oct. 12 the ride became stuck with six people on board. An inspection was performed on the ride the following day.

According to the Indianapolis Zoo website, the ride offers incredible views of the zoo. It goes over the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. The ride is available for rides from mid-March through October. The ride reaches up to 50 feet in the air and lasts about 8 minutes. Children under 10 years old are not permitted on the ride without an adult.

A total of five cars make up the ride. Only three had occupants inside when the ride stopped on Thursday.

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