A number of roller coaster riders remained hanging upside down for hours in an amusement park in the US state of Wisconsin, before they were rescued by state emergency forces.
CNN quoted the Crandon Fire Department as saying that eight passengers were stranded when a mechanical failure halted their ride at the Forest County Festival in Crandon, Wisconsin.
Roller coaster riders stuck upside down for hours after ‘mechanical failure’ at Wisconsin Festival.— Denn Dunham (@DennD68) July 4, 2023
The attraction at the Forest County Festival in Crandon appeared to shut down midride Sunday, leaving some riders hanging for at least three hours, according to an NBC affiliate. pic.twitter.com/0jWd8LDui6
The authorities were able to disembark the passengers safely, after calling rescue teams with special equipment.
The last passenger got out of the carriage after about three hours of the malfunction that led to the stop.
The first passenger returned to solid ground at 3:20 p.m. Central time, about two hours after emergency crews were dispatched, the press release said.The last passenger reached Earth at 5:01 p.m. — more than three hours after the flight was grounded.
Nine people were treated by emergency medical services and one person was taken to Asperos Rhinelander Hospital by ambulance, according to the statement.