TULSA, Okla. – A maintenance repair on the Sky Ride at the Tulsa Fair resulted in a fatal accident.
The Tulsa Fire Rescue Crews were called to rescue two men hanging from the ride around 10:10 a.m. Saturday, according to FOX23.
Tulsa fire officials said their equipment failed, so they were left 90 feet above ground in their harnesses.
Witnesses said they saw the two men’s safety baskets come crashing down.
When crews arrived, they said one of the men appeared to be unconscious; they used a lift to bring the wokers down.
Officials said the men were hanging from their harnesses for about 35 minutes before being brought down from the ride.
Crews said the most time-consuming part of the rescue was gaining access to the site, but the actual rescue was very quick.
Both men were brought to the ground just after 10:45 a.m.
One man was transported to the hospital in fair condition. The other man, who was in critical condition, died a short time later.
The workers’ identities were not immediately released.
Expo Square officials released a statement concerning the incident:
“An accident occurred on Saturday morning during routine maintenance of the Sky Ride. The incident involved the work platform, which is utilized to service and inspect the ride components. The Sky Ride was not in operation during the time of the incident and did not involve any patrons or Ride Gondolas. The accident involved two workers employed by DMC Tulsa, LLC, an Oklahoma limited liability company with its business offices located in Wisconsin, and is the current Sky Ride Lessee and Operator. Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority and DMC are working in full cooperation with public safety officials. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families at this time.”