Roller Coaster Derails On Daytona Beach Boardwalk

Glen Norman
June 17, 2018

Daytona Beach firefighters in the process of rescuing riders from a rollercoaster incident.

According to the Fire Department, two riders were in the front vehicle, which was completely off the track and perpendicular to the ground, while four were in the partially-derailed middle auto and two were in a rear auto, which was still on the track. Fire officials also said they didn't know what caused the ride to malfunction and derail.

The company did not confirm if their employees were rescued from the roller coaster or if they fell.

First Coast News reached out to the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for clarification about what the second inspection found. "We have a tech rescue team specializing in high-rise rescues", fire department spokeswoman Sasha Staton told CNN on Friday. The other two people in that vehicle were left dangling while rescue workers came for them.

"Two people done fell out and clanked their head on the ground", one witness said in one of the videos posted by WKMG-TV. The back auto - which held two other riders - remained on the track, the fire department added.

There's caution tape surrounding the ride to make sure no one gets too close.

The video below, published by the local Fox-affiliated WOFL TV station, shows firefighters working to save the trapped passengers amid screaming.

Check back for updates as they become available.

She says six of the 10 riders were hospitalized Thursday night.

The Daytona Beach boardwalk and pier, which is open year-round, features a number of amusement park rides. Before that, it was at the Blue Diamond Amusement Park in New Castle, Del., where the ride was called the Blue Diamond Streak.

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