Florida Roller Coaster: ‘Tech Glitch’ Hits Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit (Video)

By on Oct 11, 2013 in United States, World Comments
Florida Roller Coaster

Florida Roller Coaster
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The Florida roller coaster, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, of Universal Orlando accidentally stopped in a vertical position at around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

According to earlier reports, the Florida roller coaster suddenly stopped due to malfunction that triggered the safety brakes to lock in place.

The 12 people riding the roller coaster was stalled for about three hours. Orlando firefighters helped in the rescue of the stranded passengers. Luckily, no riders was injured in the incident.

Universal Florida spokesman Tom Schroder explained that the roller coaster shutdown was due to a “tech glitch.” He reiterates that “The safety of our guests and the experience they have on our attractions is very important to us. For us, there is no such thing as a routine glitch. We put every resource we have against resolving them.

Schroeder, however, was unable to fully disclose the cause of the “glitch” of the 17-story-tall ride.

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster reportedly reopened shortly after 10 a.m. However, organizers briefly shut it down again on Thursday afternoon due to the same problem.

Florida Roller Coaster Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Florida roller coaster, built in 2009, can handle 12 riders and has a top speed of up to 65 mph.

Below is a video report on the Florida roller coaster incident.

Florida Roller Coaster stalled on Wednesday.
Credit: AP

With the current reported ‘glitch’ on the Florida roller coaster, will you still ride the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit?

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