Mechanic working on Arch tram injured

7:23 PM, Feb 9, 2011   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - A mechanic who was working on one of the broken trams at the Arch was injured and taken to an area hospital, according to Frank Mares from the National Park Service.

The man, in his 50's, was taken to St. Louis University Hospital with broken ribs Wednesday morning following the accident.

He was on the south side, which is currently closed to visitors, when officials say he was pinned between a moving tram and the structure of the Arch.

Witnesses said they saw the man on some stairs moaning before emergency workers removed the seats of a tram to take him down the north side.

"They worked with him, then they walked him out, he did walk out on his own," said Walter Moon, who witnessed the aftermather of the accident.

"We're certainly grateful that it at this point doesn't seem to have been a more serious incident," Mares added.

The Arch was closed for about an hour, and six visitors were told to stay in place at the top, but the rides have since reopened.

The Arch was closed for about an hour, and six visitors were told to stay in place at the top, but the rides have since reopened.

The fire department said they prepare for emergency situations at the Arch on a regular basis.

KSDK

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