More than a dozen stuck on ride at Massachusetts fair

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — More than a dozen people were stuck for as long as two hours on a ride that malfunctioned at a western Massachusetts fair.

Authorities say no one was hurt when the spinning, tilting ride called “Wipeout” malfunctioned at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday.

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

Jennifer Battles tells 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, known as the Big E, 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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