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Canada’s Wonderland Lumberjack ride breaks down, trapping passengers

A theme park patron was left dangling Saturday after an upside-down ride became stuck for nearly 30 minutes.

Tears welled up in the eyes of several dangling passengers as they dangled from an axe-swinging lumberjack ride at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, Ont., around 10:40 p.m. This was reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Horrifying footage on social media shows a pendulum ride filled with thrill-seekers stuck in orbit due to a malfunction, stuck at a 180-degree angle upwards.

Guests reported losing feeling in their legs after hanging upside down on top of the popular amusement park, the paper said.

Park officials told CBC the ride had been removed by 11:05 p.m.

When the ride suddenly stopped, 11-year-old Spencer Parkhouse and his 15-year-old sister Mackenzie Parkhouse thought it was all part of the experience.


The ride malfunctioned on Saturday, leaving riders stuck upside down for about 30 minutes.
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However, when the ambulance arrived below them, they realized that something terrible had happened.

“[I was] It’s like a mood — when do you get depressed? Are we ever going to fall? Spencer told CBC.

As Spencer dangled, he watched the panicked rider vomit, and both he and his sister felt their legs go numb.

Spencer’s first chance to experience a “big ride” at a park was traumatic. In addition to disembarking guests, the rides had to be repaired by workers before closing.


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Two brothers reported losing feeling in their legs when hanging upside down.
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“The ride still had to end. So the ride continued, but we were all like, ‘No, please, I don’t want to be stranded again,'” he recalled. .

After exiting the attraction, park staff checked guests for injuries and asked if anyone was passing out or vomiting, McKenzie said.

“I’m thinking, next time I go to Canada’s Wonderland, maybe I’ll go on one of these big rides, because right now I’m scared to go on one,” she said.

The theme park said both riders complained of chest pains and were examined at the park’s health center before being released.


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Lumberjack Ride first opened in 2018.
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“Guests were safely removed and examined by first aid staff before being returned to the park,” the park said in a statement.

“Your safety is always our top priority.”

The Lumberjack Ride opened in 2018 and features two ax-shaped pendulums that reach a height of 75 feet, according to Canada’s Wonderland.

Lumberjack’s “face-to-face seating allows guests to interact with each other and watch the horrified faces of their friends as they spin around in circles,” according to park promotional materials.

The ride was closed Sunday as park officials investigated the cause of the malfunction.

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