Kings Island roller coaster riders get stuck

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 2:40 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 2:40 PM

Kings Island evacuated guests from one of its roller coasters today after the ride unexpectedly stopped.

The Beast came to a halt around 11 a.m. while climbing its second lift hill, said Kings Island spokesman Don Helbig.

Thirty riders waited about 10 minutes before being escorted off the ride, Helbig said.

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The ride, which is the world’s longest wooden roller coaster, stopped when a device on the coaster intended to keep cars separated detected a problem.

“Roller coasters have block systems,” he said. “Trains in front have to clear a block before the train behind it can be released past certain points. A train will occasionally stop on a lift hill waiting for the train in front to clear its block and then re-start.”

In this instance, the system wouldn’t allow the ride to re-start, Helbig said.

The ride reopened around 12:30 p.m., he said.

No injuries were reported.