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. Arejay

    The sad thing is you can not probably sue. When you buy the ticket to get in or on it has disclaimers. This happened at Cedar Point in 1999 on the Mantis, people were stuck for 7 hours and got free tickets to come back.

    March 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. brian

    They don't call them "Thrill Rides" for nothing.

    March 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tim

    Noone will be sued, the wonderful part of the tickets you use to get onto rides is they are contracts! Read the back or the fine print! It says clearly in each case that the company is not responsible for equipment malfunction and you waive your right to sue! lol

    March 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lori in St Pete

    This is my worst nightmare! OMG, my palms are sweating just thinking about it!

    March 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Enrico

    call me chicken, but I never take those things...hate to lose my life because someone has tightened a bolt...

    March 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Corvus1

    This is why I avoid amusement park rides like the plague.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    Cool. They got their money's worth!

    March 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jimmy

    It's interesting to know what kind of inspections these rides undergo prior to being at fairs or other temporary locations. This isn't the first time this has happened.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Drew

    Hence why i don't, nor never will, ride a roller coaster. Ok, not the only reason but it is a big one

    March 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ed

    How can it be a contract if both parties did not sign it? Isn't that a requirement? I think, at a minimum, they would need to instruct you to read the back of the ticket and enter only if you agree. Not sure...any Lawyers out there to help me understand?

    March 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave in Overland Park

    These admission tickets are called exculpatory contracts. They provide little to no defense for a claim of negligence against a ride operator.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    The added element of danger makes me want to go more now!!!

    March 30, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jake

    You have to have damages to sue. The two people were in a seat stuck in the air for an hour. That sucks but not exactly a horrific event.

    I would like for someone to show where someone has died at the fair every year. I don't remember one let alone every year.

    And if someone were really hurt do you think the small print on the back of the ticket really matters?

    The above post contain so much misinformation its scary.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. anon

    Actually mobile fair rides are more safe than permenant amusement park rides, because they are inspeceted every week while the amusement park rides are inspected like once a month. By park employees that do not have engineering degrees. The ride failed from a switch malfunction.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brandon

    Uhh, why are so many people talking about this is why they'll never get on an amusement park ride? This ride did exactly what it was supposed to do – stop after it detected something was wrong. Amusement park rides are statistically one of the safest forms of recreation. You have a higher chance of being injured on lawn chairs or while playing billiards than on an amusement ride.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
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