Coney Island Rollercoaster Strands Riders on Opening Day
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The first public run of the season for Coney Island, New York’s Cyclone, located at Luna Park, gave riders a fright when it got stuck before completing its circuit of the track, according to NBC New York News.
Many, if not all of the stranded riders were among the first 100 to show up that morning at the reopening of Luna Park’s wooden coaster, which got them free tickets. No one was injured, but a few felt shaken from the long climb down.
"It was terrifying, because I was up there and everything was spinning," Gabriella Centeno said after she reached solid ground. "I didn't know what to do."
Anna Dartany said park staff were crucial in her successful descent. "I'm scared of heights," she said, "but with their help I made it down. ... This was insane."
Angie Morris, brand manager at Luna Park, said the coaster had been repeatedly tested for the past month, and that what occurred Sunday hadn’t happened for a very long time, but she wouldn’t say exactly how long.
Morris said the ride would be running again in a matter of hours.
Safety is the No. 1 priority for our guests at Luna Park. This was an isolated issue & it is quickly being resolved. https://t.co/EnfcJtMUH1— Luna Park NYC (@LunaParkNYC) March 29, 2015
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