March 30th, 2010
03:55 PM ET

Passengers rescued from ride in Florida

[Updated at 3:55 p.m.] CNN affiliate WSVN shot this video of firefighters rescuing passengers trapped on the ride.

[Posted at 2:28 p.m.] Several passengers have been rescued after being stranded when a ride apparently malfunctioned at the Miami-Dade Fair and Exposition.

WFOR reported the passengers were riding the Space Roller, a ride with an extended arm carrying pod of cars. Firefighters called for units that can reach people at least 100 feet in the air.

Rescuers were seen on video trying to use a cherry picker to try and reach them - but were unable to on their first attempt. They were able to rescue the passengers after operators were able to make the ride work and lowered them to a position where they could be reached.

soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Sue

    Scary! That's why I prefer Merry Go Rounds!

    March 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ryan

    someone is going to be sued!

    March 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nick

    Yeah, good luck trying to sue a carnival

    March 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Why would anyone get sued? The safety systems worked and no one was hurt.

    March 30, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ann

    Wish we could SEE the video. That would be helpful

    March 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jack

    If the operators were able to "make the ride work and lower..." why didn't they just lower the passengers to the starting point?

    March 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tina

    That's why I don't I do carnivals period.Glad everyone is ok.

    March 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Patti Lytle

    I used to go to this fair every year when I lived in Fla. There was always something weird happening. One year someone was shot. Always violence in some form or one of the rides breaking down. South Fla. iis a rough area.

    March 30, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BIG $$$

    some people are about to be PAID IN FULL. is the ride still open for me to line up for my suit?

    March 30, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carlos

    That fair has a terrible track record. Some dies every year. CLOSE IT DOWN (and give the land to FIU).

    March 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jen

    Never get on a ride that can be folded up and transported.

    March 30, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HIitsme

    "Ryan" is one of the troubles with America.

    March 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Charm

    Great I was suppose to go tomorrow and take my kids..........

    March 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chris

    Sued for what? Being scared?

    March 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. num nutt

    im glad im too fat to ride on rollercoasters ! yeeiii for me !

    March 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
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