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Fire units respond to stalled roller coaster in Phoenix with 22 riders stuck

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Fire Department on Saturday evening sent fire units to respond to Castles N’ Coasters for a stalled roller coaster.

A total of 22 people were on board approximately 20 feet up in the air of the park’s Desert Storm coaster, officials said.

Technical rescue teams from both Phoenix and Glendale fire departments set up a high-angle belay to assist riders off the coaster.

Each person was fitted with a pick-off harness and cinch collar, authorities said.

The rescue took approximately 1.5 hours and concluded after each rescuee was evaluated once on the ground, officials said.

No one was injured or required transportation to a hospital, authorities said.

Park officials said the ride will be “unavailable for an unknown amount of time.”

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