NY State Fair ride strands passengers upside down

September 2, 2011 - 5:45 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Forty passengers on an amusement park ride were stuck upside down for four minutes when a safety system caused the ride to shut itself off at the New York State Fair.

Assistant Fair Director Troy Waffner tells the Syracuse Post-Standard (http://bit.ly/ogk1um ) nobody was hurt and no one had to be rescued after the ride shut down Thursday night.

"Top Spin" rocks passengers back and forth before it eventually swings them upside down.

Waffner says the safety system sensed too much pressure on the over-the-shoulder harnesses that keep passengers in their seats and shut the ride down. The pressure could have been caused by a passenger who was tall or big.

The fair's ride inspector checked the ride and ran it about a dozen times before allowing passengers back on.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com