Morning Thrill Seekers,
By now you will probably have read about Rip Ride Rockit breakdown yesterday at Universal Studios leaving 12 people trapped 150 foot in the air for approximately 2 and half hours. There were actually a few coasters stuck on the track but all but one of them were easily accessible by staff who managed to get them off without to much fuss.
The incident occurred at around 7pm because of a technical glitch, the computer system that monitors the ride went in to safety mode, which literally locks down the ride to prevent injury.
Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said;
We spent a lot of that time talking to the passengers and trying to make them as comfortable as we could
No one was injured during the glitch however one woman was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure after she complained of a sore neck.
Universal has promised a full investigation into how the error occurred, they did not confirm how long Rip Ride Rockit would be out of action for.
Being stuck on a coaster must be up there with one of the more scary things that could happen at a theme park, knowing how to react is important, Orlando Attraction Tickets in 2010 put together a quick guide on what to do if you’re stuck on a Roller Coaster.
Remember these types of incidents are very rare and I think you’ll agree its good to see that Universal’s fail safes are working.