Sunland Park: Western Playlands 'El Bandido' roller coaster reopens after riders get trapped on tracks

  • Source: KFOX-TV FOX 14 Las Cruces
  • Published: 07/26/2021 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: A roller coaster at Western Playland was back in operation Sunday, just hours after it malfunctioned, requiring firefighters to rescue eight teenagers who were stuck on the ride. Patrick Thompson, who owns the 30-acre amusement park located in Sunland Park, said the cause of Saturday night's mishap remained unclear. An inspection failed to turn up any problems with the ride. Thompson told ABC-7 that the roller coaster was up and running again Sunday, but without the two cars that became stuck on the top of the ride - about 60 feet up - with the teens in their seats. He indicated the ride would undergo a closer evaluation on Monday. Fire officials on Sunday recounted that it took rescue crews about two hours to safely free all eight of the trapped teens on the ride.


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