Dollywood's 'Timber Tower' leaves riders hanging

Vertical ride strands 36 for several hours

June 20, 2007 - Coasterman2007

Dollywood, Piegon Forge, TN, USA -

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Timber Tower Strands Riders: Timber Tower at Dollywood strands riders for several hours.
One of the newest thrill rides at Tennessee's popular tourist destination Dollywood malfunctioned today, standing 36 riders in the air.

When a safety system was engaged, the vertical ride known as Timber Tower stalled at its maximum 65-foot height for several hours. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

Eventually, rescue workers from the Pigeon Forge and Sevierville fire departments brought stranded riders down from Timber Tower's seating ring with the use of two ladder trucks.

Timber Tower made its debut last year as the first ride of its kind in North America. It features a relatively small tower much like a standard vertical freefall ride that tilts from side to side while rotating.

The attraction will remain closed until the inspector's reports are complete and the park determines how to prevent a repeat of the incident.

Devin Olson contributed to this article.

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