I'm hearing that coaster units on the Pony Express ride collided, hurting about 10 people, with some on their way to the local hospital.
Now hearing that many of the injuries are minor. Here's the accident report page on the incident.
If you were there, please post what you saw to the comments.
The Pony Express is a Zamperla launch roller coaster, where 16 visitors per train ride on individual "horses" which rotate forward so that riders are on the course head-first, instead of upright or leaning back as they would be on most coasters.
The odd position might make it difficult for riders to brace themselves in a collision. I'm hearing that the launch failed on the ride, causing one train unit to roll back into the station, colliding with a second.
Again, why some coasters don't have anti-rollback mechanisms to keep a train from coming back into an occupied zone is beyond me. Yes, this is a simple coaster, but any coaster with multiple trains on the track at once should have a zone protection system in place, IMHO.
Anyway, we'll await additional details as readers report them.Tweet
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