Nineteen people injured on roller coaster at Six Flags in New Jersey

Several people also reported back pain after riding roller coaster

Sravasti Dasgupta
Friday 26 August 2022 16:21 BST
At least six injured at Six Flags Great Adventure

Nineteen people were injured after riding a roller coaster in New Jersey on Thursday evening, authorities said.

The incident occurred on the El Toro roller coaster at New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park.

A spokesperson for Six Flags said five people were taken to a local medical facility for evaluation after riding the roller coaster, reported Pix11.

Fourteen others were treated at the park, some of them reporting back pain after taking the ride.

It has since been closed for inspection, the spokesperson added.

Authorities have not yet provided any information on why the ride resulted in injuries.

However, this is not the first time that the ride has been shut down due to incidents with riders.

Last June, the 19-storey-tall wooden coaster partially derailed after a train on the ride failed to return to the station after it stopped a few yards before the “brake run”, reported

The ride was locked down three minutes later before it was cleared.

Also last year, a log flume malfunction sent two people to the hospital.

In 2020, people were briefly stuck on rides during a short power outage.

New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs, which has a Carnival-Amusement Ride Safety Unit, has not issued any statement yet.

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