Passengers Terrified After Brakes Fail on Pirate Ship Ride Near Pittsburgh: Reports
Passengers were shaken when the brakes failed on a pirate ship ride at an amusement park near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Crews were unable to stop the Kennywood Park ride for about 10 minutes on Aug. 1. The pirate ship ride swings back and forth like a pendulum.
No injures were reported, but several people became nauseous, officials said.
“Nobody was inured,” said Nick Paradise, who is a spokesman for the amusment park, according to Triblive.com. “Some of the younger kids on the ride were a little shaken up and some people felt nauseous.”
“I was terrified. My kids are crying. There [were] people behind us panicking. There was a guy in front of us, he was ready to get sick,” said one unnamed rider to the CBS affiliate.
Rough sailing for some riders on Kennywood's Pirate Ship https://t.co/yunsaas04g
— Jonathan Tilden (@PAEmergencyPrep) August 2, 2018
EXCLUSIVE: Kennywood's Pirate ship ride malfunction leaves riders frightened and sickened — https://t.co/DRmBB8PaMc
— KDKA (@KDKA) August 1, 2018
“It just kept on going, and I just got really scared, and I was feeling really sick, and I was crying. I was just terrified,” added rider Evan Paulick. “The ride is usually only about a two-minute ride. We were on there at least 15 minutes,” another rider said.
EMT’s were on hand to help any riders who became sick once the ride stopped.
The park says the pirate ship is 35 years old and has a good safety record. The ride was reopened on Aug. 2, Paradise told TribLive.com.
“I would never go on that ride again,” Paulick noted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.