Two people were injured yesterday in a roller-coaster accident at Paramount's Kings Dominion that left some passengers sitting on the ride for more than two hours.
Officials don't know why a car carrying 15 passengers malfunctioned. One guest had some kind of laceration on his leg, and a 12-year-old boy complained of pain in his foot. Both were taken to hospital, but their conditions were not available last night. Passengers also described seeing a man with cuts on his face.
One rider reported the car entered the point where it is launched up through the mountain, and then there was ''A loud pop and there was stuff flying. I got hit with something on the chin and forehead.'' After this, the car slowed then stopped leaving riders stranded upright more than 20 feet off the ground.
Within about 30 minutes after the accident, park workers and the Hanover County Fire Department were unbuckling riders and lowering them to the ground in a lift. The last rider was taken off the car at 7:23 p.m. After all were safely down, they were checked by medical workers and interviewed by park staffers.
The ride was closed after the incident and will remain closed until safety officials determine what caused it to malfunction.