A Florida roller coaster left 12 people stuck for three hours at Universal Studios. The Orlando's Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster reopened Thursday at 10 a.m., just 12 hours after the incident, Chicago Tribune reports Oct. 10.
Spokesman, Tom Schroder, the spokesman, said the shutdown was due to a "tech glitch," but he didn't release details.
"I'm not going to detail it, but it has been resolved," Schroder said.
"The safety of our guests and the experience they have on our attractions is very important to us," he added. "For us, there is no such thing as a routine glitch. We put every resource we have against resolving them."
The Florida roller coaster is a 17-story-tall ride. The thrill riders were in a vertical position when they were stuck for three hours. Safety brakes locked in place when the malfunction occurred.
Orlando firefighters rescued passengers who had been stuck on the roller coast since 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The last person was rescued on the ride at about 9:45. There was one person reportedly transported to the hospital due to bad neck pain.
The famous Florida roller coaster is a 17-story ride at its tallest point and reaches a maximum speed of 65 mph. It first opened in August 2009 after several construction delays. There were mechanical issues that required work so the ride wouldn't slide backwards. In 2010, it needed maintenance that wasn't explained to the public.
A little more than a year later, Universal abruptly closed the attraction for more than a month to perform undisclosed maintenance. There was speculation that coupling bars used to hold the ride trains together had defective issues, the German manufacturer said.
It was just in August, that the Florida roller coaster was halted for two days for inspections after a woman had minor injuries after her train stopped.