A Florida roller coaster suddenly stranded 12 passengers on the Rip Ride Rocket this week for over two hours after a safety error; the malfunction has since been fixed, and the ride is back on track and open for business, Detroit News reports this Thursday, Oct. 10. The Universal Studios ride was fixed only 12 hours after its initial glitch.
The Florida roller coaster returns to the track this afternoon after a dozen-people train abruptly froze on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. It left the frightened passengers suspended vertically on the ride on Wednesday evening; all 12 people were safely rescued before 10:00 p.m. later that night.
No one was injured in the mechanical malfunction; a Florida roller coaster and Universal theme park spokesman said that a safety glitch worked a bit “too” well in its job, preventing the train from completing its course.
According to the spokesman, technical repair crews worked all night into Thursday morning to fix the issue. However, the actual malfunction and safety error that was fixed today was not explicitly identified.
“The safety system did exactly what it’s supposed to do,” he said, adding that the rescue took hours due to the safety measures that were implemented. “We spent a lot of that time talking to them (the passengers) and trying to make them as comfortable as we could.”
Orlando Fire Rescue officials were able to successfully first transition the train to a horizontal position, then evacuated all of the 12 stranded passengers safely down to the ground. The ride is since back on track, and it’s likely that despite the Florida roller coaster giving quite a few people a scare this week, there will be hundreds of passengers ready to brave the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit this weekend and beyond.