Four teenagers were rescued from a roller coaster that got stuck in the air in a California park
Dramatic moment: Four teenage girls were rescued from a roller coaster at a California theme park after it malfunctioned – ending up 65ft in the air
Four young girls were rescued from a roller coaster at a California theme park after the ride broke down, leaving them trapped 65ft. The teenagers were unharmed after being rescued by the Sacramento Metro Fire Department on Monday. The dramatic incident happened around 6:46 p.m. at Scandia Fun Center in North Highlands, about 10 miles from Sacramento.
The girls were riding a yellow roller coaster at the park when it suddenly stopped and technicians were unable to release the car electronically or manually. General Manager Brian Nichols spent a good part of the day inspecting the ride, noting that it was running slowly due to the cool weather.
Nichols, who said “he put it all together, so I know it better than anyone,” noted that when the ride reached a section of the track where there is a brake designed to slow it down, it slowed the ride too much, leaving the girls at a complete stop.
The ride was last inspected by the state in April, but no major problems were found, KCRA reported. Each attraction in the amusement center must undergo a pre-announced inspection once a year during business hours. The theme park reopened on Tuesday, but the roller coaster was closed for the time being.
The general manager said: “This incident does not happen often. I think the last time this happened was about four years ago and we were able to solve it in about half an hour. One of us was on the spot. I happened not to be there last night.’
Fortunately, the teenagers had cell phones and called 911, with authorities arriving before Nichols. The girls received free treats, tickets to rides and tickets to return to the park later.
He spent Tuesday on the tracks of the stand to perform maintenance and better determine what happened.
He also rebuilt the machines, which he said was necessary and, if not done, could cause stoppages. The manager was confident that there was no safety concern between his own inspection and the government’s.
The Sacramento Metro Fire Department is busy.
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