82 people had to be rescued from the Tyrolean Zugspitzbahn after a blackout. Now there are details for the rescue.
- For four hours, 82 people were trapped in a gondola of the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn.
- The Zugspitze railway in Ehrwald in Austria activated a rescue operation on Wednesday evening.
- The Tiroler Zugspitzbahn had a good day off and Friday resumed operations.
4 pm: After a one-day stop due to bad weather, the Tyrolean Zugspitzbahn resumed functioning on Friday. "The train is back to normal", declared the managing director Franz Dengg.
Thursday the railway has been repaired. "At midday, we got the rope back and in the afternoon we did some revision and rope tests," Dengg said. The recovery, which is regularly carried out by the railways, has gone smoothly. "There's never been a danger to our guests, but it's just uncomfortable."
People recovered from the Tyrolean Zugspitzbahn after a power failure: that's how the rescue went
Update from March 8th at 9:15 am: How did the release of 82 people from a cableway in the Tyrolean Zugspitzbahn end? "In these cases, our emergency plan takes effect," says Dengg. Twice a year, the employees of the cable car try the evacuation of the cabin with the help of a gondola. "However, the exercises always take place during the day in good weather," says Dengg. Yesterday the conditions were difficult: the wind was stronger every hour and because in the mountain gondola only 25 people have space, the evacuation was dragged in the evening hours. First of all, women and children were brought back to the mountain station, then to the men and finally to the cableway employees. "I have to congratulate my employees that everything worked so well," says Dengg. Shortly after 8 pm, after three hours of evacuation, the last passengers were able to leave the cabin stalled.
Tiroler Zugspitzbahn: After the rescue there were tea and sweets
According to the cableway managers, the victims had undertaken the "largely very good" rescue operation. "For the most part it was ultimately a great experience," says Dengg, although he admits that it was also very exciting for some. At the summit, passengers received tea, sandwiches and sweets. Coming back to the valley we went with German help. With the Zugspitze cableway, passengers went north to Eibsee. The employees of the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn have made an extra change for this. "Let the cable car work longer to help colleagues," says Verena Lothes of the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn. The cable car did not work so until 22:00.
At the valley station, the first relatives were waiting for friends and relatives – and after hours of pain, they hugged her. Those who were not expected, eventually brought buses within a 20-minute drive across the Ehrwald border. No one was hurt in action, all the passengers came away with terror.
On Thursday, the employees of the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn were still busy bringing the rope back to the anchorage. Friday, the cable car will go again.
New details: people saved after a power outage from the Tyrolean Zugspitzbahn
13:58: So far it is known that a tree had fallen into an electric line, after which the power failed. In the consequence jumped according to a report of the BR after a sudden emergency, stop the rope from the cable. As a result, the gondola was suspended midway.
After a power failure at the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn: no operation at the moment
Update from March 7th to 9:40 am: It is not yet clear when the Tyrolean Zugspitzbahn will return to service. It is certain that the train will not drive on Thursday, a spokeswoman said.
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Ehrwald – On Wednesday afternoon, a power outage blocked the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn in the Austrian city of Ehrwald and triggered a 'rescue operation' lasting hours. One of the two gondolas was occupied by 82 people, said a police inspector from Lermoos, in the district of Reutte in Tyrol, on the evening of the German news agency.
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The passengers were then taken from the mountain gondola gradually over the mountain, from there with the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn on the German side into the valley and from there with the buses into Austria. The whole thing lasted almost four hours, from 4:20 pm to 8 pm.
The "Tiroler Tageszeitung" mentioned the Zugspitzbahn boss Franz Dengg who claimed that a fallen tree had fallen into the line and led to the failure of the railway.
After the power cut at the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn it is still not clear when the train will return to service. It is certain that the train will not drive on Thursday, a spokeswoman said.
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