19 Injured on Six Flags Great Adventure Roller Coaster, Ride Ordered to be Shutdown
At least 19 people were injured Thursday night as a result of a malfunction on the El Toro rollercoaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Orders Shutdown of El Toro Rollercoaster
According to the Daily Voice, at least 19 people suffered injuries when the 19-story El Toro rollercoaster “lurched forward” as passengers were boarding the ride. Five of the injured people were hospitalized, and 14 others were treated at the scene.
Tammori C. Petty-Dixon, a spokesperson with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, said witnesses reported a loud bang as the El Toro train jolted forward during operation. Of the five hospitalized, one suffered a neck injury, two sustained back injuries, and two others suffered mouth and tongue injuries.
The Department of Community Affairs ordered the raid to be shut down and ride inspectors to investigate the incident.
Not the First Malfunction for the 181-Foot El Toro Rollercoaster
USA Today reports that this is not the first malfunction reported on the El Toro rollercoaster. In June 2021, the ride was closed following a partial derailment.
The ride was “red-tagged” after that incident and removed from operation for review. It was re-opened earlier this year.
Inspectors noted that the 2021 derailment was caused by the rear-up wheel – a device that prevents the train from lifting – coming up on top of the rails.
No visitors were injured in the 2021 incident.
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