Stratosphere Rider Recalls Being Stranded

Paige Gomez hopped on the ride as a dare, stayed on a lot longer

By Ray Villeda
|  Sunday, Oct 21, 2012  |  Updated 11:43 PM CDT
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She rode a State Fair of Texas ride as a dare and ended up being suspended 200 feet in the air for two hours.

Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News

She rode a State Fair of Texas ride as a dare and ended up being suspended 200 feet in the air for two hours.

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Paige Gomez goes to the State Fair of Texas every year, and has always hit up the "kiddie" rides.

This year, on the last Friday of the season, Gomez on a dare, hopped on the stratosphere.

She didn't get off the ride for two hours, not because she didn't want to but because she couldn't. Due to an electrical malfunction, the ride stopped about 200 feet in the air.

"When it stopped up there I thought that's how procedure was, and time passed, and time passed and we were still up there, I started freaking out," said Gomez


It didn't help that Gomez has a fear of heights, was alone and without her cell phone either.


"I was just scared it was going to drop, that was my concern, bc I've watched too many movies I guess," she said.


The Stratosphere has had problems in the past in other states, but for Fair organizers here in Texas, an issue this serious was a first.


"We had a much shorter ride, that did stall and they were able to bring them down, fire and rescue, that was probably 15-20 minutes from top to end that may have been 6-7 years ago," explained Sue Gooding with the fair.


Now, as that ride is inspected, organizers will decide if it comes back next year. Gomez will be back, she'll stay away from the rides though.


"I don't think I can trust it, I think I'll stick with fried foods."
 

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