Orlando, Fla. — A roller coaster that malfunctioned and left a dozen people stuck for more than two hours at Universal Studios Florida is back in business.
Universal spokesman Tom Schroder says the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit reopened Thursday about 12 hours after a technical glitch stranded riders.
The 12-person train stopped near the top of the first hill of the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said they were finally freed around 9:30 p.m.
Schroder says crews worked through the night to resolve the issue, though he wouldn’t say exactly what it was.
A glitch caused the computers to go into safety mode, stopping the ride, Schroder said.
“The safety system did exactly what it’s supposed to do,” he said.
The reason the rescue took so long is because park officials wanted to take their time and do it safely, Schroder said. “We spent a lot of that time talking to them (the passengers) and trying to make them as comfortable as we could.”
Several other trains were on the track when the ride stopped, but park workers were able to help those passengers off almost immediately. However, the final train was stuck in a vertical position, more than 150 feet from the ground.
With Orlando Fire Rescue on the scene, the train was moved forward to a horizontal position. The passengers were then able to get off the train and take an elevator down.
No serious injuries were reported, but one woman complained of neck pain and went to the hospital as a precaution.
The ride was previously closed for two days in August. The coaster came to a sudden stop, which caused one woman to sustain a minor injury.