10 Bizarre Stories of People Getting Stuck
1The burglar who got stuck in the vents
2The 18 people who got stuck upside down on a roller coaster
Strong winds brought a roller coaster to a halt at the top of its loop at a fun park in Anhui, province in east China, leaving 18 people hanging upside down for about half an hour with six of them falling ill. All the six persons were sent to a hospital and were discharged later.
The equipment was in good condition and the weather was suitable when the coaster began its journey but a sudden gust halted it, which was then locked to the loop by safety devices, with the passengers hanging upside down. Zhang Shengying, Deputy Director of the Wuhu Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision, said investigation showed that the accident had been caused by “extreme weather” at the amusement park.
3The man whose wheelchair got stuck to a truck and got a 4-mile ride
Carpenter had started to cross at an intersection in Paw Paw, about 140 miles west of Detroit. The light changed to green while his son was in front of a semi, which started moving. The wheelchair's handles became lodged in the grille, the father said, and the wild ride started.
Motorists called police on their cell phones, and a pair of undercover police officers who happened to be nearby saw what was happening. They pulled the truck over and told the disbelieving driver, Donald Carpenter said. The chair was undamaged except for losing most of the rubber on its wheels.
4The man who got stuck in mud for 4 hours because he was too embarrassed to call for help
It then took emergency services a further seven hours to actually get him free. Their task was made more difficult due to further embarrassment on Xiao's part – despite the fact that a crew of firemen all stripped down to their underwear to help in the rescue, he refused to undo his own trousers so that he could be more easily pulled free from the mud.
5The man who got stuck in a toilet trying to retrieve his cell phone
After 10 minutes of work, the man was able to slowly remove his cut and bruised arm from the bowl and retrieve his waterlogged phone.
6The prisoner who got stuck in bars while trying to escape
7The daredevil who got stuck 610 ft up in the air with his motorcycle
The wire, strung between the 43rd floors of the Tossal de La Cala and the Gran Hotel Bali, unfortunately proved too much for Danger to complete on his first attempt. After coming within feet of his target, Danger shuddered to a halt, before he and his assistant - suspended on a frame below the bike to act as ballast - were towed to safety. Danger eventually succeeded on his second attempt.
8The boy who got stuck inside an arcade machine
And when his mother Elaine took the three-year-old to the games on the family's holiday in Skegness, he just wanted to get his hands on the winnings. For a while, he had been playing happily on the crane machine, trying to pick up a teddy bear with its mechanical arm. But he wasn't having any success. And as Mrs Air went to change a £20 note so he could try again, Christopher took matters into his own hands. Rather like a scene in the film Toy Story, he spotted the flap on the machine, from where the prizes are delivered, and squeezed inside. But it proved more difficult to get out than in - especially as the arcade owner couldn't locate the keys. Mrs Air, 33, of Grangetown, Sunderland, added: 'Initially, Christopher was laughing. But then a crowd started to gather and he got upset and started crying.' After 30 minutes, he was released - and is sure to have learned his lesson.
9The grandmother who got trapped in her own bathroom for 3 weeks
10The French woman who got stuck in an elevator for 3 days
The following day the missing woman's father, who had told police of her disappearance, filed a complaint of non-assistance to a person in danger - a crime in France. Despite this, it was not until 3 days later, when a technician returned to complete repair work, that a soft cry was heard and the woman was found. It is apparently unclear why Safiatou did not cry out for help earlier.
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