Washington Monument Elevator Gets Stuck, Traps 3 Employees

Saturday's incident is one of several in recent months.

Byby DAVID CAPLAN
August 14, 2016, 5:44 AM
PHOTO: Cherry blossoms are seen on a tree in front of the Washington Monument, Jan. 2, 2016, in Washington.
Cherry blossoms are seen on a tree in front of the Washington Monument, Jan. 2, 2016, in Washington.
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— -- Three employees at the Washington Monument were trapped in its elevator Saturday night, the U.S. Park Police has confirmed.

The obelisk's elevator stopped working shortly before 10 p.m., the U.S. Park Police's Sgt. Anna Rose told ABC News.

She said there between 25 and 30 tourists in the National Mall landmark at the time of the stoppage who were forced to exit the monument via its stairs.

A maintenance crew eventually freed the stuck employees.

Elevator issues are nothing new: The Washington Monument has had a series of similar incidents, most recently last month. There were also problems with the elevator last May and April.

ABC News' Sarah Shales contributed to this report.

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