Roller Coasters are all fun and games and some might actually enjoy the thrill of this scary ride until the scare becomes real life! A roller coaster on the Daytona boardwalk roller coaster derailed on June 14th causing multiple injuries and a scary sight for onlookers. There is an ongoing investigation into how exactly this incident occurred.
Two riders that were on this roller coaster fell 34 feet when their car derailed and was left dangling from the track. Using ladders, firefighters pulled eight other riders to safety.
“The front car which was holding four passengers completely came off the tracks,” said Daytona Beach Fire spokeswoman Sasha Staton. The two riders who fell from the Sand Blaster ride suffered traumatic injuries, she said.
From the nine passengers that were transported to the hospital, all but two were discharged by the next day.
Reports show that this particular roller coaster has been put out of service by state inspectors twice in the past year and a half due to problems with the ride. A month before the derailment, a state inspector had found problems with the ride, and the roller coaster was ordered to be taken out of service. State inspection reports released to The Associated Press on Friday show that an inspector last month found excessive corrosion, a damaged seat, and a crack in the track. Those problems, though, were corrected by the time of a follow-up inspection Thursday, according to the reports. The inspector noted in the comments of the report, “deficiencies corrected”. “Department inspectors conducted a thorough inspection of the ride, and it was found in compliance with state law,” according to a statement Friday from Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services spokeswoman Jennifer Meale. “Anyone who should be held accountable will be held accountable.” Due to corrosion and damage to the handrails, a “stop order” was issued for the ride in February 2017. In May of 2017, an inspector found damaged nuts and bolts and the following month a seat was found damaged.
Matt Campbell, of Knoxville, and some relatives had been planning to ride the roller coaster, which looked fast but not too extreme for the younger children in the family. It had been raining but the storm seemed to have passed. As they walked toward the ride, they heard a loud bang and saw the front car jump off the track, he said. “The car was banging against the rails real hard as it came around the turn,” Campbell said. “We noticed it wasn’t just a normal banging of the roller coaster going down the track, that’s what made us look up.”
Roller coaster databases show the Sand Blaster had operated in four other locations in its four-decade history. The ride opened at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk in 2013. Before that, it was at the Blue Diamond Amusement Park in New Castle, Delaware, where the ride was called the Blue Diamond Streak. The coaster operated at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park in Tipton, Pennsylvania, and before that, the coaster was at Legend City in Phoenix, Arizona. It originated at Adventureland Park in Addison, Illinois, according to Ultimate Rollercoaster.com.
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