HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Several people were rescued after being stuck for about an hour on an Arkansas roller coaster.
The X-Coaster ride at Magic Springs Theme and Water Park in Hot Springs stopped about 2:30 p.m. Monday and the riders were rescued after maintenance workers checked the ride’s safety system, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2vDnOP9 ).
No injuries were reported.
Officials with the theme park didn’t immediately return a phone call for comment about how high the people were off the ground or what may have caused the ride to stop.
In 2007, two of the X-Coaster’s cars were in a loop when a power outage occurred, bringing the ride to halt and leaving about a dozen people upside down, 150 feet in the air, for about 30 minutes before being rescued. A backup generator was used to return the riders safely to the ground.
An electric company said a bird or large animal was to blame for the power outage.
When the amusement park announced an expansion of its water park, officials said the X-Coaster would be closed at the end of the 2012 season, due to its waning popularity.
It’s not immediately clear why the closure of the roller coaster did not take place.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com