Published: June 25, 2006 at 3:56 PM
Heres the story I got my information from. And it does not say the brakes broke up, my mistake. I just says they were hit with debris as the ride came to a stop
Kings Dominion ride turned scary after malfunction
Volcano roller coaster car rolled backward; 1 rider hospitalized
BY BILL WASSON
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER Jun 25, 2006
Virginia Commonwealth University student Amanda Zumbrun got more excitement than she bargained for on Paramount's Kings Dominion's Volcano roller coaster.
"We all thought we were going to die," the 21-year-old from Yorktown said last night. "I really feared for my life."
Zumbrun and a friend, also a VCU student, were among 15 riders stranded when the roller coaster at the Hanover County theme park malfunctioned about 5:15 p.m. Friday. The friend asked not to be identified.
A rider injured in the incident remained hospitalized yesterday, according to Kings Dominion public relations manager Susie Storey.
Zumbrun said the car she and her friend were in was ascending the Volcano when the car suddenly began to travel backward very fast. They came to a stop in a spray of sparks and debris as the car's brakes took hold, the students said.
Zumbrun estimated the car was traveling more than 60 mph as it rolled backward. Her friend said she was afraid their car would collide with another car.
The students said a first set of brakes failed and the car was stopped by a second set of brakes. They said they and other riders were hit with debris as the car came to a stop.
Zumbrun said she received a small cut on her left arm. Her friend said she got a small burn on her neck when she was hit by what she described as a hot piece of copper. The injuries were minor and the young women did not seek medical attention, they said.
However, they said they heard a man riding behind them cry out that he had been blinded.
Storey said she could not comment on the two students' accounts of what happened and said she did not how fast the car was traveling as it went backward.
Storey said last night that the roller coaster experienced what is termed a roll back.
She said a rider from Utah was cut above the right eye in the incident and remained hospitalized yesterday at VCU Medical Center. She said she did not know the extent of his injury.
A 12-year-old boy from North Carolina who complained of a sore leg was treated Friday night at St. Mary's Hospital and released, Storey said.
She said a state inspector and a representative of the ride's manufacturer were at the park yesterday to determine what caused the malfunction. The ride will remain closed until the cause has been identified.
More than 2 million people have ridden the Volcano since it went into operation in 1998, according to Storey.
Hanover firefighters and Kings Dominion workers took about two hours to bring the 15 stranded riders to safety.
Zumbrun and her friend said they were the last to be brought down.