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Magic Springs Roller Coaster Riders Stranded Upside Down after Power Failure

HOT SPRINGS, AR - One of twelve riders suspended upside-down on an amusement park roller coaster for a half-hour while firefighters and workers scrambled to rescue them says that's the last time she'll get on the ride.  A fuse blew out Saturday evening at the Magic Springs and Crystal Falls amusement park at Hot Springs, brining several rides to a halt.

The Hot Springs Fire Department used a ladder truck to rescue the riders on the X-Coaster.  Riders waited upside-down at the coaster's highest point, 150 feet in the air, before they were returned safely to the ground.  A witness said it was obvious who had been on the ride...they were the ones with the red faces.  One rider was dehydrated and taken to a hospital.  The others walked away, and the park resumed normal operations, although the X-Coaster remained closed.

Connie McBride, who was on the ride, says it was very scary being suspended upside-down for a half-hour.  She said she loves Magic Springs, but will never get on the X-Coaster again.

The electric company is investigating the cause of the outage.  Crews could find no faulty wiring.  Dan Aylward, Magic Springs president and general manager, said the theme park has experienced outages in the past, but usually they last only seconds.

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