Washington Monument closed after elevator breaks down again
WASHINGTON (AP) — The elevator for the Washington Monument has broken down again, and the National Park Service says the monument will be closed at least through Saturday.
The park service says the elevator failed Friday afternoon after unloading passengers at the observation level, 490 feet off the ground. Eighty-six people were forced to walk down hundreds of steps. The park service says no one was harmed during that process.
The elevator also broke down on Tuesday, and the monument was reopened Wednesday. Park service spokesman Mike Litterst says that outage was caused by sensors that picked up too much electrical current going into the elevator. The cause of Friday's outage isn't yet known.
The sole elevator for the 555-foot monument has stopped working several times in the past year.