A day of adventure turned into a nightmare at a Canadian amusement park Saturday when an amusement park ride suddenly stopped and passengers were left hanging upside down 75 feet above the ground for nearly 30 minutes.
Video footage of the incident shows passengers hanging in the air or hanging upside down, waiting for help to arrive.
In a statement to USA TODAY, the park said both axles of the ride, known as the “Lumberjack,” stopped working around 10:40 p.m. (local time). Although he did not say what caused the ride to suddenly stop, a spokesperson said maintenance teams responded quickly and had all passengers on the ground by 11:05 p.m.
“Guests were safely removed and examined by first aid staff before being returned to the park,” the park said in a statement. “Two guests complained of chest pain and were treated at the park health center and released without the need for further treatment.”
“The safety of our guests is always our top priority,” a park spokesperson told USA TODAY, adding that the attraction was closed the next day, Sunday, and an investigation is ongoing.
One of the riders, Spencer Parkhouse, told CBC News One person on board reportedly vomited. He said the cycle was completed when the ride restarted before coming to a stop, causing further anxiety. Parkhouse and his sister Mackenzie are doing well, but the incident has left them worried and unsure whether they will be able to ride the roller coaster again.
The park did not say how many people were on the ride at the time of the breakdown.
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The incident happened on Saturday canada’s wonderland A theme park located in Vaughan, Ontario.
Lumberjack, introduced in 2018, “takes guests on a thrilling ride on two ax pendulums, with their legs dangling as they fly through the air in a 360-degree loop,” according to the newspaper. Official explanation On the website. The thrilling “aggressive” ride shakes riders backwards and forwards.
“Riders experience weightlessness and rapidly changing forces and direction,” the description reads.
Guests will be able to sit across from each other, interact with each other, and “watch the horrified looks on their friends’ faces as they spin around in circles, changing directions midway.”
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Last summer, a series of roller coaster breakdowns left passengers stranded and on high alert.
Last August, passengers were forced to descend a more than 200-foot-tall roller coaster at Cedar Point, Ohio, after experiencing mechanical problems.
Back in July, fairgoers in Crandon, Wisconsin, found themselves in a terrifying predicament after a breakdown left riders, including seven children, stranded upside down for hours.
Just two days ago, one of the roller coasters at an amusement park in North Carolina was shut down after guests noticed a crack in one of the supports, and video showed parts falling off as the car moved along the tracks. It was visible that it was shifting from its designated position.
Last year, improperly modified seat sensors at ICON Park’s Orlando Freefall attraction led to a tragic accident that killed a 14-year-old boy.
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