- Associated Press - Friday, September 30, 2016

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say more than a dozen people were stuck for as long as two hours on a ride that malfunctioned at a Massachusetts fair.

No one was hurt when the ride called Wipeout malfunctioned at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield on Thursday night.

Firefighters used a ladder truck to rescue the riders, most of whom were children.

Jennifer Battles tells westernmassnews.com she was watching her daughter when she heard a “funny grinding sound,” and the ride stopped.

All rides are inspected daily. Wipeout will be closed for the remainder of the fair.



The 17-day event is known as the Big E. It bills itself as the largest fair in the Northeast and attracted more than 1.3 million visitors last year. This is its 100th anniversary.

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