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06-11-07, 12:24 AM #1
Roller Coaster Riders Stuck Hanging Upside Down
(AP) A dozen riders on an Arkansas roller coaster spent half an hour hanging upside down — 150 feet above the ground — after a power outage shut down the attraction.
It took about 30 minutes for the city Fire Department to rescue the riders using a ladder truck Saturday evening, said Aundrea Crary, spokeswoman for the Springs & Crystal Falls amusement park.
Spectators cheered when the riders were brought to the ground from the highest point of a loop on the X-Coaster, but one passenger threw up after reaching safety.
The X-Coaster was one of several rides brought to a halt by the outage that originated somewhere near the park.
"You could tell who got off the (X-Coaster) because their faces were red," said Angela Salter. She was riding the Gauntlet, another coaster, and said park employees worked quickly to free her.
The park resumed normal operations, although the X-Coaster remained closed.
One X-Coaster passenger, Jay Plummer, 37, was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Medical Center in Hot Springs after complaining of neck pain and a headache.
"It was very scary," said his girlfriend, Connie McBride. "I love the amusement park, but I will never get on the X-Coaster again."
The park has experienced outages before, but usually they last only seconds, said Dan Aylward, Magic Springs president and general manager.
Entergy Corp. was investigating but crews found no faulty wiring.
"The cause could be a (tree) limb or as simple as an animal (on the lines)," said Mark Hunt, general manager of customer service for Entergy. "We could find no faults, but we are going to continue to investigate until we find the cause."
06-11-07, 12:47 AM #2
I'd be pisssssssssssssssssssed.
06-11-07, 12:48 AM #3
thats would suck!
Handle every stressful situation like a dog.
Eat it, Play with it, or piss on it, and walk away!
As smart as man is, we haven't been able to invent a machine that can smell drugs or tell us where a person has walked,” Dogs are sophisticated investigative tools!
06-11-07, 12:48 AM #4
You'd think they'd have some sort of backup power system just to get the cars back to the platform, you know?
06-11-07, 01:38 AM #5
I thought roller coasters were just that, coasters.
Electric is only used for the climbs, but the rest of the time it's on the wheel type system that they coast around the track on?
You would think that it would just coast to a stop?
I'd shit my pants if I was hanging up there that long...Just because your sign off after you're shift is done, doesn't mean that it's over and put blinders on. You're a cop 24/7 wether you like it or not. If thats something you can't handle, you should find a new line of work!
06-11-07, 02:11 AM #6
That's why I don't go on amusment park rides....No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
"The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth: But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion".
We lucky few, we band of brothers. For he who today sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.
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06-11-07, 12:32 PM #8
I'd be BEYOND pissed. I've got a little trouble with heights to begin with, and I get a headache from hanging upside down. They'd better have had some valium on standby.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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06-11-07, 10:17 PM #9
I just rode that ride a week ago saturday. The x-coaster is a cool ride but it would suck to be upside down.The opinions of my posts are the sole responsibilty of my employer due to the fact that they have totally and completely warped my mind.
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