On Thursday night, a roller coaster on the boardwalk of Daytona Beach in Florida derailed, causing multiple injuries.
According to CNN, two of the riders were ejected from the Sand Blaster ride at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk; they fell 34 feet to the ground and were taken to the hospital. Eight other riders had to be rescued.
DB Firefighters working as fast as they can to rescue 2 riders that are in a dangling rollercoaster car pic.twitter.com/v0UrChJdHC
— DaytonaBeachFireDept (@DaytonaBeachFD) June 15, 2018
The Halifax Health Medical Center reported receiving nine patients due to the roller coaster incident. The extent of their injuries was not revealed.
A month before the incident, according to state inspection reports released to The Associated Press on Friday, stated that the ride had excessive corrosion, a damaged seat, and a crack in the track. According to the reports, those problems were corrected by the time of a follow-up inspection, which it passed on Thursday, just hours before the derailment.
Following the incident, the ride was inspected again. This time, it failed due to “structural integrity: other,” according to CNN.
Daytona Beach Fire spokeswoman, Sasha Staton, said:
The front car which was holding four passengers completely came off the tracks.
Jennifer Meale, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, released a statement on Friday:
Department inspectors conducted a thorough inspection of the ride, and it was found in compliance with the law… Anyone who should be held accountable will be held accountable.
One of the passengers, Melissa Collins, spoke to Today about the horrific incident. She said:
“I was in so much pain and hurting. My car totally derailed and I was hanging up in the air and another one of my coworkers, I watched her fall to the ground.”
Despite this tragic incident, families should not be concerned about roller coaster accidents frequently occurring.
According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), a Fixed-Site Amusement Ride Injury Survey was conducted and updated in 2016. IAAPA calculated the number of injuries based on attendance and ridership.
The attendance-based survey stated that there was 305 less ride-related injuries in 2016 than 2015. The ridership based survey stated that there was 255 less injuries in 2016 than in 2015.
The chance of being injured on a fixed-site amusement ride is one in 17 million.
Families should familiarize themselves with up-to-date statistics on ride safety for precautionary measures when planning the next family trip to an amusement park.
A spokesperson from the department told Dearly that this accident is still under investigation.