If you’re going to ride a roller coaster anytime soon, you might want to skip this story. According to the New York Daily News, a dozen people were stuck for more than two hours on a Universal Studios roller coaster in Orlando, Florida, last night.
The 12-person train stopped as it approached the top of the first hill of the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. The incident occurred at about 7 p.m., and those who were trapped were finally freed at around 9:30 p.m.
Passengers on other trains were freed almost immediately, but this final train was stuck in the vertical position, more than 150 feet from the ground! Eek!
Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said the safety system did exactly what it was supposed to do. If it detects a danger, it simply shuts down. As for why they took so long to get the passengers out of the train, he said it was a matter of safety.
"We spent a lot of that time talking to them (the passengers) and trying to make them as comfortable as we could,” Schroder said.
Orland Fire Rescue was on hand to help the car get to a horizontal position, which is when the passengers were able to get off the train and take an elevator to safety.
Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported with the exception of one woman, who complained of neck pain and went to the hospital as a precaution.
"We're not going to reopen it until we understand what happened and make sure it can't happen again," Schroder said of the ride, which was closed for two days in August after it came to a sudden stop, causing a minor injury to one woman.