Coney Island’s Cyclone Disaster

con-cycloneHave you ever had a fear of being at the top of a roller coaster and then all of a sudden, the roller coaster stops, and you are stranded at the top? Well this is exactly what happened in Coney Island, New York.

On opening day at the amusement park, the first 100 people who entered were guaranteed a free ride on the Cyclone, an 88-year- old roller coaster.  After the opening ceremony, the Cyclone was loaded with people, and ready for its first ride of the season.  At about 11:45a.m., the incident occurred.  The cars were bought to a halt near the 85-foot summit, and all passengers were stranded at the top.

Thankfully, no one was injured in this incident.  The riders were all escorted down safely by park personnel.  They were offered another free ride once the Cyclone was back up and running.  Some chose not to accept the free ride, but others jumped right on the offer.  What a scary situation to be in!


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