published Thursday, September 20th, 2012

California amusement park riders spend hours at 300 feet

People on the Windseeker ride at Knott's Berry Farm are stuck a few hundred feet off the ground Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Buena Park, Calif. The ride held about 20 people in suspended above ground as the park's ride maintenance crews worked to get the passengers down_the riders were brought down a couple hours later and the park closed.
People on the Windseeker ride at Knott's Berry Farm are stuck a few hundred feet off the ground Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Buena Park, Calif. The ride held about 20 people in suspended above ground as the park's ride maintenance crews worked to get the passengers down_the riders were brought down a couple hours later and the park closed.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Twenty riders expecting a three-minute thrill were left dangling at 300 feet for nearly four hours when the Windseeker ride at Southern California’s Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park stalled.

Knott’s said in a statement that the ride, which lifts fun-seekers high over the park with their legs dangling and spins them in a circle, came to a stop when its security system activated at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

TV cameras showed riders sitting calmly as they dangled and the sun set, some casually swinging their legs.

Maintenance workers brought all the riders safely to the ground between 7:30 and 8, long after the park had closed and night had fallen.

Knott’s says the ride, which also left riders hanging on Sept. 7, will remain closed while the cause is investigated.

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