A roller coaster derailed at Daytona Beach’s boardwalk sending two people crashing 34 feet to the ground. “The front car of the sandblaster roller coaster was off the track and dangling front end towards the ground,” the Daytona Beach Fire Department said in a statement. The two riders that fell to the ground where taken to the hospital and determined to be “Trauma Alerts.”
Two riders remained in the front derailed car, the middle car, which had four more riders was partially derailed. The back car which held two more riders remained on the track, the fire department said. Thankfully the riders in those carts were kept in their seats by their seatbelts.
Crews were finally able to extricate the eight riders that were stuck on the roller coaster officials have said. Daytona firefighters used a ladder truck to remove the stranded riders. Six of the riders were hospitalized but police were not sure of their conditions or injuries. Fire officials are not sure what caused the roller coaster to malfunction and derail.
Jennifer Meale who works for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a statement on Friday that the department had inspected the roller coaster ride the day of the crash, “department inspectors conducted a thorough inspection of the ride and it was found in compliance with state law. We have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the accident, and anyone who should be held accountable will be held accountable. The well-being and recovery of those injured are of the utmost importance.” Meale said.
“Daytona Beach Firefighters did an amazing job tonight rescuing the 10 very frightened passengers on the roller coaster. They were faced with dangerous conditions as they worked as fast as possible to successfully extricate everyone safely,” Sasha Staton, a Daytona Beach Fire Department spokesman said.