PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Fire crews rescued 22 people that were stuck on a roller coaster at Castles N' Coasters in Phoenix. Firefighters were called out to the amusement park just before 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Investigators said the cars on the coaster Desert Storm stalled and the riders were stuck about 20 feet up on a horizontal loop. It's unclear what caused the roller coaster car to get stuck. Firefighters set up what's called a high-angle belay system to lower each rider down. Each person was put in a special harness with a collar to get them to the ground safely. Firefighters said it took about 90 minutes to get everyone to safety. No one was hurt.
Firefighters rescue 22 people stuck on Phoenix roller coaster
A roller coaster ride for 22 people didn't end the way they were expecting and had to be rescued in Phoenix. They were on the Desert Storm ride at Castles N' Coasters on Saturday when the cars got stalled. Firefighters had to rescue all the riders since they were 20 feet in the air.
Riders say while the ride was going around the horizontal loop, it stopped going forward and then went backward. It then went forward again and then back until it came to a complete stop. For 12-year-old Joseph Almarez, it was a scary experience. "I almost fell," he said. He said it wasn't easy getting out of the car since they were at an angle. "It was scary because we didn't go down one ladder. We had to jump from ladder to ladder," Joseph said. When asked if he was going to ride a roller coaster again, he said, "Maybe."
His sister Christina had a different experience. "I was on the edge tilting so there was nothing underneath me," she said. However, the rescue wasn't as bad for her. "It was pretty fun but scary," the 13-year-old said. She said she would ride a roller coaster again.
The amusement park has been around since 1976 and originally started as just a mini-golf place. There are two roller coasters there, Desert Storm and Patriot. Desert Storm has two loops and is the most popular.