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Monorail malfunction strands eight above Pearlridge parking lot

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The monorail at Pearlridge Center malfunctioned Monday night, stranding two families high above the mall's parking lot until firefighters were able to rescue them.

Eight people in all, including four young children, were carried down one by one on a ladder after the rail cars suddenly stopped at about 7:30 p.m. The mall says both the main power system and backup power system failed.

Captain Terry Seelig of the Honolulu Fire Department said that no one on the train was in danger.

"The people were a little bit worried, but we calmed them down and we basically brought them down," said Capt. Seelig. "Walked them down the aerial after strapping them into a safety rope system."

Firefighters say it took about two hours to get everyone off of the monorail, and that one woman with a fear of heights was the last person down.

Engineers say they are working on repairs, but the monorail is not expected to be running on Tuesday.

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