Two Passengers Were Flung From a Florida Roller Coaster Hours After It Passed a Safety Inspection
Two people were flung to the ground when a roller coaster derailed in Daytona Beach, Florida on Thursday evening. Six people were still hospitalized as of Friday morning.
The front car of the Sand Blaster roller coaster on the Daytona Beach boardwalk completely derailed at about 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, sending two passengers on an approximately 34-foot fall.
The Daytona Beach Fire Department said it rescued 10 people from the ride and transported six to the hospital. They said the two people who were ejected were alert and not seriously injured.
There were four passengers in the front car, which was left dangling perpendicular to the ground. Four more passengers were in the second car and two in the third.
“Daytona Beach firefighters did an amazing job tonight rescuing the 10 very frightened passengers on the roller coaster,” Sasha Staton, a Daytona Beach Fire Department spokeswoman, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “They were faced with dangerous conditions as they worked as fast as possible to successfully extricate everyone safely.”
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has launched an investigation “to determine the cause of the accident, and anyone who should be held accountable will be held accountable,” a spokesperson for the agency told CNN.
The Sand Blaster was a 40-year-old ride that the Daytona Beach Boardwalk purchased in 2012.