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Late-Night Insanity in Las Vegas

By April 23, 2005

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What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas, but nobody would want to experience what happened to two passengers on the Stratosphere Tower's Insanity ride earlier this week. According to the Las Vegas Sun, strong winds triggered an automatic pause on the ride at 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday leaving a young woman and her 11-year-old cousin dangling nearly 1000 feet above the Vegas Strip for about 90 minutes. Since the ride apparently lacks any kind of manual override, a hotel engineer crawled out to rescue the stranded passengers. Ironically, the strong winds that tripped the Insanity's shutdown made the 90-minute experience all the more grueling for the riders. The frantic passengers said the wind-whipped air jostled the ride and that they lost feeling in their hands and feet. Insanity is one of four thrill rides on the top of the Stratosphere Tower. Its seats are tethered to an arm that swings out beyond the tower. As the ride begins its circular motion, the seats rise and tilt downward to the Strip. The ride remained closed Wednesday and Thursday and reopened on Friday.

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