Riders plunge 10 meters in roller coaster derailment

Riders plunge 10 meters in roller coaster derailment

Two Kentuckians were among six riders injured in a roller coaster derailment Thursday in Daytona Beach, according to their employer.

"DB Firefighters are working as fast as they can to rescue 2 riders that are in a dangling roller coaster vehicle", the department tweeted.

A fun-filled day at a Florida beach boardwalk turned to turmoil Thursday when a roller coaster derailed mid-ride.

Emergency services arrived on the scene soon after, racing against he clock to get people to safety before the dangling vehicle fell.

"The front auto completely came off the tracks ... it was dangling", Staton said.

Rescue crews from the Daytona Beach Fire Department were met with a dicey scenario.

"Their well-being and recovery is of the utmost importance", said Jennifer Meale, spokeswoman for the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. when the beachside roller coaster went off track, which caused two riders to be ejected and others stuck on the ride.

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A second vehicle carrying four riders partially derailed, while the third stayed on the tracks.

"There's a couple people on the ground and the girl's hanging right now - she says she can't breathe and they can't get her out", another caller said.

Police said the two people who fell were found lying on the ground.

Video footage from the scene showed cranes desperately attempting to remove the stranded passengers from the ride.

Check back for updates as they become available.

A Halifax Health Medical Center spokeswoman said the hospital received nine patients from the accident.

The accident is under investigation. At the time, Boardwalk ride owners Stad Manousus and Ed Kennedy said they had invested more than $1 million in the ride. Investigators are working to determine why the Sand Blaster derailed. Before that, it was at the Blue Diamond Amusement Park in New Castle, Del., where the ride was called the Blue Diamond Streak.

The coaster operated at DelGrosso's Amusement Park in Tipton, Pennsylvania, and before that, the coaster was at Legend City in Phoenix, Arizona.

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