Busch Gardens Tampa roller coaster shut after malfunction trapped riders

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Tampa, FL, United States (4E) – The roller coaster at the Busch Gardens in Tampa remained closed for safety inspection Thursday, hours after it stopped for an unknown cause and left 16 riders stuck 60 feet into the air.

An engineer from the Cheetah Hunt’s manufacturer, Intamin Amusement Rides, and theme park experts are examining the tracks to find the cause of the malfunction before reopening the ride, park spokesman Travis Claytor said.

No one was hurt when the ride suddenly stopped near the loading station Wednesday afternoon. The roller coaster automatically stops when computers detect a problem, something that was not present before its aborted launch.

Firefighters came to the park around 4 p.m. and safely brought down the trapped riders from the roller coaster cars through a ladder basket one hour later.

The 4,400-feet long Cheetah Hunt is Busch Gardens’ longest thrill ride attraction.

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