Another Washington Monument Elevator Outage

Stranded tourists walk down Monument

Monday, Sep 14, 2009  |  Updated 4:01 PM EDT
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Another Washington Monument Elevator Outage

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WASHINGTON -- An elevator that takes visitors to the top of the Washington Monument stopped working, forcing those at the top of the popular tourist destination to walk down.

National Park Service spokesman Bill Line said he did not believe anyone was on the elevator when it signaled a malfunction shortly after 1 p.m. Monday. No one was injured.

Repairs were expected to be completed later Monday. During the outage, rangers were walking visitors down.

About 1,700 people a day get free tickets to ride the elevator, the only way the National Park Service lets people go to the top. The tickets have a time window when the person can ride. Line said they will try to accommodate those affected by the malfunction.

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