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Elevator at Old Town transit center malfunctions twice, traps people inside

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

The elevator at the Old Town transit center malfunctioned twice last week, requiring rescue operations to free people trapped inside both times.

According to the Park City Police Department, two people were stuck when the elevator stopped working at a little before 10 a.m. on Sunday. In the other episode, three people were inside when the elevator stopped working at about 3:30 p.m. on Friday, police logs indicated.

Pace Erickson, the operations manager in the Public Works Department, said the Park City Fire District was called to perform the rescue in both of the cases.

Erickson said the elevator technicians who investigated indicated a power spike sometime earlier likely damaged the computer boards that operate the elevator. The power spike could have occurred on Friday or shortly before Friday, Erickson said.

The technicians replaced two computer boards on Monday, he said.

The elevator takes people between the transit center’s main floor and lower floor.

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Erickson said the elevator had not suffered a malfunction of the severity of the ones on Sunday and Friday before. The most serious problems before have involved doors that closed slowly, he said.

The transit center was built in the period just before the 2002 Winter Olympics and serves as the anchor of the bus system.

Ray Huntzinger, a battalion chief with the Fire District, said the two people who were stuck on Sunday were freed in 15 minutes. He was unsure how long the people were trapped in the Friday case. He said Fire District reports did not indicate how emergency personnel were alerted to either of the cases.