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6 hurt when Daytona Beach coaster derails, 2 riders drop 30 ft

6 hurt when Daytona Beach coaster derails, 2 riders drop 30 ft

Six people have been rushed to hospital after a rollercoaster derailed, leaving riders dangling 10 metres above the ground.

The local fire department says 10 people have been rescued, and six people have been sent to the hospital.

Daytona Beach Fire Department firefighters had to use their tower truck and ladder to get the riders down safely.

An investigation is underway to determine what caused the derailment.

State officials said Friday morning that the roller coaster was inspected the same day as the crash.

The ride's operators could not immediately be reached for comment.

Jennifer Meale of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the roller coaster was checked out on the day of the crash. "They were the ones that successfully removed the two dangling riders to the ground".

All of the patients were alert as they were taken to Halifax Health Medical Center, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. "They had to be rescued from firefighters on the ground", she said.

A second auto carrying four riders partially derailed, while the third stayed on the tracks.

The Boardwalk's website claims the ride was since repaired, passed inspection and operational once again.

Here's the Sand Blaster roller coaster operating as it should.

The two riders who were ejected entirely from their auto were "alert and not seriously injured", the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. It was 40 years old when it was added to the Boardwalk in 2013, the News-Journal said.

The coaster operated at DelGrosso's Amusement Park in Tipton, Pennsylvania, and before that, the coaster was at Legend City in Phoenix, Arizona.

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