Lightning strike at QLD tourist attraction
SKYRAIL has been closed for the rest of the day after it was struck by lightning.
An electrician in his 20s, who was working in the mechanical room at Red Peak station when four simultaneous lightning strikes hit at 1.04pm, has been transported to Cairns Hospital in a stable condition.
The cableway suffered electrical damage to a safety circuit.
Skyrail director Ken Chapman said shutting the cableway down was a precautionary measure.
Tourists were taken to Kuranda for safety and will be transferred back to Cairns by bus.
The company advised that bookings for this afternoon would be fully refunded.
Red Peak is Skyrail's highest station at 545 metres above sea level (1788 feet).
According to the company's website, the cableway is driven by a 383kW (500hp) D.C electric motor located at each drive station, the Kuranda and Smithfield Stations.
Each drive station has a back-up diesel motor and a further auxiliary hydrostatic drive.