1 Worker Dies After Hanging From Tulsa Fair Skyride

by Erik Ortiz and Chris Essner /  / Updated 

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One of two workers rescued Saturday morning after becoming stuck about 90 feet in the air on an elevated ride at an Oklahoma fair has died, Tulsa fire officials said.

The man suffered cardiac arrest and was unconscious as he was being taken down, and was later pronounced dead at the hospital, officials said.

The two maintenance workers at the Tulsa Fairgrounds were inside a bucket and replacing wheels on the Skyride, which carries riders on wires high above the fairgrounds. But the bucket broke and fell to the ground, officials said.

The workers, however, were strapped in harnesses, preventing them from falling to the ground as well.

Firefighters had to use a ladder truck to get the pair down about a half-hour after the first call came in. They performed CPR on the man who went into cardiac arrest, reported NBC affiliate KJRH. He also had severe injuries to his head.

The other worker did not have serious injuries and was alert when he was taken to the hospital, officials said.

The workers' identities were not immediately released.

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