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. Ryan

    I would just tell them it was part of the ride... A very long ride...

    March 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    Ed is correct, it is NOT a legally binding contract at all without the *explicit* consent of both parties. Saying if you enter, you are bound by the terms is not binding.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dukeshoe

    riders should not be allowed to sue if they willingly got on this ride. however, i know that any good lawyer could build a case on the fact that people werent specifically made aware of the possible dangers prior to boarding

    March 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Doyen

    Yes, if there was negligence or some sort of unsafe conduct by the ride staff you could sue. However for a mechanical breakdown your lawsuit probably would not get much traction. Thrill rides do involve an implied level of risk.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Linda

    Sue? Even if they could, no one was injured. Scared maybe, but not injured. When the bucket flies of the ride because someone failed to tighten the screw, or when someone flies out because they weren't properly secured a suit might be in order, but just because someone got stuck?

    March 30, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gso-chris

    It's just like going to a baseball or hockey game. They are not responsible if you are hit by a flying ball, bat, puck, etc. There has to be gross misconduct (a lawsuit went forward when a player for San Jose deliberately shot a puck into the stands, which struck and injured a fan; the suit was settled). But action during the regular course of play is excluded - it's assumed the fan should have an inherent understanding of the danger. Same thing with this; equipment malfunction is always a possibility, so unless there was foreknowledge of a problem, likely no suit will stand up.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cindy

    I don't think you can sue unless you are injured and it was from negligence on the operator's part. I might not have visible injuries but there would definitely be mental ones.

    March 30, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kat

    Why does everything lead to the word "lawsuit"? Get over it. The kids were ok.

    March 30, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lacey

    These people willing got aboard this ride...Nothing is truly guaranteed when made by man. Especially these traveling fair roller coasters! It sucks that some of the first thoughts from people is suing...Be an adult, be responsible for your actions!! No, you didn't choose to get stuck, but you did choose ride the roller coaster. It does suck they were stuck for an hour, but focus on the positive rather than one died! We should be thankful for that!

    March 30, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. miles

    Ride malfunctions are common at fairs and amusement parks. However, injuries are rare. Look at Disneyland for example. Millions of people since 1955 and a handfull of serious injuries. Majority of them were the victims own fault or stupidity. There was a death on the Big Thunder coaster a few years ago and in that instance it was equipment failure but that type of thing is rare.

    March 30, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brandon

    @24, anon, you're incredibly wrong. Rides at fixed-site amusement parks are inspected every single DAY, not once a month. I know mechanics that do the daily inspection (it takes upwards of four hours daily). And while the mechanics at fixed-site parks don't have engineering degrees, do you seriously think the guys setting the rides up at traveling carnivals do? Statistics show fixed-site rides are much safer than traveling rides.

    March 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chief Hosa

    This is why carnival rides are so much fun. The risk of death is much greater than the rides at Six Flags, etc. It adds to the excitement knowing that some creepy guy is operating the machine and the only thing holding you in your seats is a small safety pin.

    March 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. OUtland

    Well, they where on a thrill ride. Looks like they got more than they paid for.

    March 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RideMan

    In fact, rides run by ANY reputable operator are inspected daily, those inspections done by people who may not have engineering degrees, but who are trained and qualified to inspect their particular rides. I only know of one Space Roller touring the country, and that ride (presumably the one involved in this incident) is operated by one of the *most* reputable and respected operators in the amusement industry.

    There isn't any real point in trying to compare the safety of portable and fixed amusement rides because in both cases the sample size (that is, the number of incidents) when compared to the number of rides given is so ridiculously small. Overall, either way, the rides are extremely safe. Furthermore, the State of Florida has one of the most stringent State inspection programs for portable rides.

    Oh, and that creepy guy running the ride? He may not have any kind of degree, but chances are he knows more about that ride he's running than anybody else.

    March 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JRock39

    Now tell me someone wont try to sue, typcial.

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