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Roller coaster riders trapped upside down for hours at Wisconsin fair

You’re all strapped in, ready to ride the Fireball roller coaster loop. With every bend and jolt, your stomach turns and your heart races. You are halfway through the loop when suddenly – you stop. And you’re hanging upside down.

A Wisconsin roller coaster went from thrill to nightmare on Sunday as eight people were stuck — for several hours — after an unspecified mechanical failure, the Crandon Fire Department told WFJW.

It’s unclear what stalled the race at the Forest County Festival in northeastern Wisconsin. But due to its height and release mechanism, specialist rescue teams and rescue equipment were needed to pull the runners out, according to a press release Tuesday from the Crandon Fire Department and a team of rescue.

It took about 45 minutes for a ladder truck with a 100 foot platform to arrive. An off-duty firefighter with rope rescue training who was at the scene advised firefighters on possible solutions before firefighters from nearby Antigo, Rhinelander and Pelican arrived to help, the statement said.

In a video shared on social media, firefighters talk to passengers to calm them down while others grind metal to help free the passengers.

His family kept riding on a 325ft high roller coaster – then he saw a crack

The first runner hit the ground at 3:20 p.m. and the last at 5:01 p.m., the statement said, more than three hours after the race was halted.

Nine patients were treated by emergency medical services and one was sent to Aspirus Rhinelander Hospital for treatment, according to the press release.

It came days after a dad reported a crack in a steel support beam of a 325ft tall roller coaster at Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte on June 30.

His report closed the Fury 325, which the park describes as “North America’s tallest, fastest and longest giga coaster,” for inspection and repair.

A roller coaster at an amusement park in Charlotte was shut down after a crack was discovered in a steel support beam on June 30. (Video: Jeremy Wagner)


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