Passengers Evacuated from Roller Coaster in Australia
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Visiting an amusement park should make for a memorable family outing, but guests at one park in Australia got more than they bargained for when a roller coaster malfunctioned Wednesday and the passengers were evacuated.
In a report from Kim Stephens of The Brisbane Times, the incident took place Wednesday at Warner Bros. Movie World in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, when the Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster came to an abrupt stop mid ride.
There were dozens of people on the ride at the time of the malfunction, and park officials shut down the attraction to safely remove the passengers onboard. There were no injuries reported, and after a thorough inspection of the wild-mouse-style roller coaster, it was opened to the public once again later that afternoon.
A park spokesperson told The Brisbane Times, “Earlier today, guests on Warner Bros. Movie World's Scooby Doo attraction were evacuated from the ride after a routine ride-stoppage fault occurred. Similar to theme parks around the world, ride stoppages are a common occurrence and part of standard operating systems, all of which have rigid safety mechanisms in place.”
The indoor movie-themed roller coaster was built in 2002 for $13 million and has been one of the most popular attractions at the park since its debut.
For Warner Bros. Movie World, this is the second incident of a similar nature this year. In March, the Green Lantern roller coaster also malfunctioned, leaving six passengers stranded almost 100 feet in the air for three hours.
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