Busch Gardens riders caught in mid-air
Written by Robert Niles
Here's the scene: It's almost closing time, so you decide to catch the sky ride or train to avoid that long walk to the gate. Good choice, huh?Tweet
Well, that decision turned out to be the wrong choice for 73 visitors to Busch Gardens Tampa last Saturday night. At least, it was if they had someplace to get to. One of the cars on the Skyride got jammed, sticking those riders in mid-air for two hours after the park closed. Workers eventually cleared the jam and got the ride restarted, and no one was injured.
The lack of injuries is the reason why I didn't list the incident in our theme park accident database, which is for injury accidents only. (Heck, I'd always rather be on a ride that shut down and stranded me for a hour or two, than one that broke and hurt me.)
One recent incident that did make the database however (which I forgot to note on this page last week) was the incident at Peter Pan's Flight in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, where a 70-year-old man was injured when he was pinned between ride vehicles on the loading belt. The injuries were not life-threatening.
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