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2 New York men rescued from 150-foot-high lift

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NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say two workers for a Hudson Valley rental company spent more than five hours stranded 150 feet in the air when a lift they were testing malfunctioned and the device's manufacturer refused to provide information that would have rescued them sooner.

Officials in Newburgh tell the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that two men got stuck early Monday morning at United Rentals.

Fire officials say the equipment's manufacturer refused to provide an override code that would have allowed the bucket to be lowered.

Firefighters used a ladder truck, a regular ladder and safety ropes to eventually bring the men safely to the ground around 1:30 p.m.

With thunderstorms forecast, fire officials said the two workers were "a giant lightning strike waiting to happen."

The lift's manufacturer said it couldn't divulge the override code because of safety reasons.

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