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Dozens of people stuck upside down 100ft in the air on amusement park ride

Firefighters rescued 28 people who were stuck dangling 100ft upside down on a ride at an amusement park in Oregon.

One person with a pre-existing medical condition was taken to hospital as a precaution after the AtmosFEAR ride stopped, Oaks Amusement Park, in Portland, said in a statement posted on social media.

However, they said no one was injured in the incident.

Chris Ryan said he and his wife, who were at the park for his birthday were just about to go on the ride – which operates like a pendulum, with the capacity to swing riders completely upside down – when they saw it was stuck.

He heard people saying: “Oh my God, they are upside down.” He said they decided to walk away because of “how scary the situation was”.

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Pic: Tieanna Joseph Cade/AP

They eventually got on a Ferris wheel and heard a loudspeaker announcement that the park was closed and that people should evacuate.

Portland Fire and Rescue said on X that firefighters worked with engineers at Oaks Park, which first opened in 1905, to manually lower the ride, but that crews had been preparing to conduct a high-angle ropes rescue if necessary.


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When the ride stopped, park staff immediately called the emergency services, who arrived around 25 minutes later.

Maintenance workers were then able to return the ride to its unloading position minutes later, the park said in a statement.

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The ride has been in operation since 2021 and has not had any prior incidents, the park said. It will remain closed until further notice.

The park said it would work with the ride’s manufacturer and state inspectors to determine the cause of the stoppage.

“We wish to express our deepest appreciation to the first responders and our staff for taking prompt action, leading to a positive outcome today, and to the rest of the park guests who swiftly followed directions to vacate the park to make way for the emergency responders to attend to the situation,” it said.

Oaks Park’s website says it offers a “uniquely Portland blend of modern thrills and turn-of-the-century charm on a midway that has delighted generations of Northwesterners”.

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