Firefighters rescue six people after sky car incident at new Indianapolis Zoo exhibit

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 12, 2014) — Indianapolis Fire Department officials were called to the Indianapolis Zoo Sunday afternoon after two sky cars at the new orangutan exhibit became stuck.

Six guests were rescued from the Indianapolis Sky Ride after their ride cars stopped about 35 feet in the air.

The  stop occurred just before 5 p.m. and involved four cars at the lowest level and two cars that were approximately 35 & 40 feet in the air.

The four lower cars were on the return leg of the ride and evacuated with the help of a step ladder. Twelve riders were in the four cars. The other two cars on the take-off portion of the ride required the use of a lift that has the ability to reach the highest point on the ride of 45 feet.

No injuries were  reported. The cause of the stoppage remains under investigation.

IFD Tactical Team 7 and IFD Tactical Team 14 had only recently trained for this exact scenario within the last three weeks.

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