Twenty roller-coaster riders spent several hours stuck atop a hill at a northwestern Pennsylvania amusement park Saturday night after a safety brake locked the car in place.
Emergency crews from three voluntary fire departments led the stranded passengers down a 50-foot catwalk in damp conditions from the historic Blue Streak roller coaster at Conneaut Lake Park, according to the Meadville Tribune
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No one was injured. Each passenger was fitted with a safety harness and guided to safety, Summit Township volunteer fire Chief Gig King told the paper.
"We greatly appreciate the skill and care the firemen took in keeping everyone safe," Jack Moyers, chairman of the park's board of trustees, told the Tribune. "We also appreciated the patience of the people who were on the ride."
The park hopes to have the coaster, which was built in 1938 and is the main attraction, repaired, inspected, and operational by Friday, in time for the park's weekend re-opening. The ride had been shut down in 2006 because of maintenance and other concerns, but was refurbished for $50,000 in 2010.
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