Wipeout ride at Big E shutdown for the rest of the year

The Big E wants to assure people the rides are safe

The ride is 18 to 20 feet off the ground at its highest point. Report It Photo

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Wipeout ride that stranded dozens of fairgoers in the air at the Big E has been shut down Friday night.

Ride inspectors are still trying to figure out what went wrong. What we do know is that it was some type of mechanical failure.

So the Wipeout ride has been taken out of operation for the rest of the Big E. The ride stopped working at about 7:30 Thursday night. No one was hurt.

About 20 people were stranded on a 45-degree angle as high as 20 feet off the ground.

The West Springfield Fire Department’s ladder truck was used to perform an aerial rescue and get people off one by one.

“What happened last night was simply a ride got stuck. The best way to get them out safely was to evacuate them through a fire department aerial lift. It took about 90 minutes. There were absolutely no injuries. The patrons were actually pretty funny they were happy, they were waving to the cameras,” said Director of Sales at the Eastern States Exposition Greg Chiecko.

The Big E wants to assure people the rides are safe.

They told 22News the rides are inspected by the state at the start of the fair and then every day by an operator, certified maintenance mechanic, and an independent inspector hired by the Eastern States Exposition.