Forest County Festival ride traps people upside down for multiple hours

Ride stuck upsidedown in Forrest County
Posted at 12:35 PM, Jul 03, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-03 15:26:05-04

CRANDON, Wis. (WJFW) — Thrill seekers got more than they bargained for in Wisconsin when the roller coaster they were riding got stuck upside down.

At around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, a ride at the Forest County Festival stopped while multiple people were on it. Some of them were stuck up there for at least 3 hours.

Local EMS, fire department and Law enforcement from three different counties all rushed to the scene. Captain Brennan Cook from the Crandon Fire Department believes the ride just malfunctioned.

"All we know that there is a mechanical failure with the ride where it became stuck in the upright position the ride was recently inspected by the state of Wisconsin here on site," said Captain Brennan Cook.

Ambulances left the scene transporting people to the hospital once they were saved.

"Families are being reunited with people as they come down off of the ride from the rescuers and everybody seems to be doing the best as they can given the circumstances," said Cook.

There is no information on injuries or medical conditions. Captain Cook is thankful for the multiple responders that arrived to the scene. All of the riders were rescued safely by 5:00 p.m.

This story was originally written and published by NBC station WJFW, NewsWatch12.