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Nearly 30 people left suspended upside down after Portland amusement park ride malfunctions

  

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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  4 weeks ago  •  6 comments

By:   Minyvonne Burke

Nearly 30 people left suspended upside down after Portland amusement park ride malfunctions
Nearly 30 people were suspended upside down in the air for more than 20 minutes after a ride at an Oregon amusement park malfunctioned.

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Nearly 30 people were suspended upside down in the air for more than 20 minutes after a ride at an Oregon amusement park malfunctioned.

The AtmosFEAR ride at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland stopped working at around 2:55 p.m. Friday, leaving the 28 riders stranded, the park said in a post on X.

Park staff immediately "initiated emergency procedures and called 911," the park wrote. Emergency responders arrived around 3:20 p.m. and within minutes the ride was lowered and guests were able to safely get off.

Portland Fire & Rescue said all riders were medically evaluated. The park said one person with pre-existing medical conditions was taken to the hospital for further evaluation out of an abundance of caution. The other riders were released at the park by medics.

Daniel Allen and Jordan Harding told NBC affiliate KGW of Portland that they were at the park to celebrate their high school graduation. AtmosFEAR was their first ride of the day.

"I was excited to go on," Allen told the news station. "When you get stuck up there, I don't think you're so excited anymore."

Harding said when they stayed dangling upside down for more than a few seconds, she knew something was wrong.

240615-atmosfear-oregon-mb-1513-8ee5cc.jpg Emergency responders at the AtmosFear ride at Oaks Park in Portland, Ore., on June 14, 2024. Portland Fire and Rescue

"We were just freaking out," she said. "People were crying. They were just putting into the universe what they wanted to say for their last words."

Harding said hanging upside down for that long was physically tough.

"My entire waist below was asleep," she told the station.

Oaks Park describes AtmosFEAR as a "showstopping extreme attraction" and says it is one of its most popular rides. The giant blue and black pendulum is two rides in one, giving guests the option to do the 360-degree swing or the 180-degree swing, according to the park's website.

It has been in operation since 2021, Oaks Park said in its statement, "and has operated without incident to this point." Last year, local emergency response teams held an emergency response training at the ride, a standard procedure.

The park said the response plan was carried out effectively during Friday's incident.

The ride will remain closed until further notice. Oaks Park said it will work with the manufacturer and state inspectors to identify what caused the ride to malfunction.


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JohnRussell
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1  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 weeks ago

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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2  sandy-2021492    4 weeks ago

My son and I used to go to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia every year.  Sometimes, his bestie would go with us.  Once, we saw one of the more intense hanging roller coasters, the Alpengeist, stuck at the top of the first drop, with most of the seats full.  Not sure I'd have ridden a roller coaser again, if I'd been one of the ones stuck there.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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3  Drinker of the Wry    4 weeks ago

Reminds me of a vacation with several couples just south of Seattle.  I woke up first and saw an inversion table in the family room. I had never used one but had thought about getting one as I was having back issues.

After turning the news on, I got on it and fully inverted.  After 20 minutes or so, our host appeared and asked me if I frequently used an inversion table.  I told him it was my first time.  He asked how long I had been upside down.  When I told him, he advised to stop.

After returning right side up, I stepped out and immediately went to my knees as my back muscles were spamming.  We had a day of sightseeing planned and my wife was not amused.  

Percocet and a couple of beers saved me that day.

 
 
 
Igknorantzruls
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4  Igknorantzruls    4 weeks ago

As soon as i saw the rescue operation, i would have been nextin line...

 
 
 
devangelical
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4.1  devangelical  replied to  Igknorantzruls @4    4 weeks ago

right. what are the odds of it happening twice...

 
 

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