2 riders fall 34 feet when Daytona Beach roller coaster derails

10 rescued; 6 hospitalized, 2 with traumatic injuries

By Nick Jones - Digital producer, Associated Press

Daytona Beach Fire Department

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Two riders fell 34 feet to the ground when a roller coaster derailed and eight others had to be pulled to safety high above the Daytona Beach Boardwalk.

Daytona Beach Fire spokeswoman Sasha Staton says the front car came off the tracks Thursday night, and two of its four passengers suffered traumatic injuries falling to the ground. Firefighters extricated two others from the dangling car using a ladder truck.

She says six of the 10 riders were hospitalized Thursday night at Halifax Health. She said the extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately known.

According to News4Jax sister station WKMG-TV in Orlando, the Sand Blaster roller coaster malfunctioned, causing one car to derail.

Staton said the cause of the accident is being investigated.

The Daytona Beach News Journal reported the roller coaster is 40 years old. It opened on the Boardwalk in August 2013 after it was relocated from a closed amusement park in Delaware.

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