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Montgomery Zoo visitors suspended 40 feet above ground after Skyline ride malfunction

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Visitors to the Montgomery Zoo spent part of labor day hanging high in the air after a ride malfunctioned.

The Zoofari Skylift ride shut down automatically on Monday with visitors on board.

Those who were stranded say they were stuck for about 90 minutes. Park officials say the delay was much shorter, estimating it at about 40 minutes.

Workers got water to the riders while they waited for the Skylift to be repaired.

The zoo says it's the first time this happened, but the ride did exactly what it was supposed to do.

"The reason the system shut down was because of the safety mechanism. If there's any variance from where the wire goes over the rollers, the system is automatically set for the computer for it shut down," Deputy Zoo Director Marcia Woodard told WSFA.

The ride rises 40 feet off the ground.

It was reopened before the zoo closed yesterday after going through a safety check.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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