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Daytona Beach Roller Coaster Derail Causes Riders to Plunge Thirty Four Feet; Six People Injured

June 15, 2018

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – June 15, 2018 (  According to an online news report at, two riders on a roller coaster plunged thirty four feet when a car derailed and was dangling from the track; six injured.* 

"The front car which was holding four passengers completely came off the tracks," said Daytona Beach Fire spokesperson Sasha Staton. 

Two of the four people that fell from the roller coaster called the Sand Blaster sustained serious injuries, while another other two were left dangling from the track. 

Two of the four fell from the Sand Blaster ride Thursday night and suffered traumatic injuries, while "the other two were still in the car dangling," she said.

Firefighters were forced to climb up the roller coaster to rescue them as well as six others in cars that remained on the track.  

Firefighters climbed up to rescue them as well as six other passengers in two cars that were still on the track. "They had to use the tower ladder to get to them and then bring them on board and guide them safely back down," Staton said.

Six out of the ten affected passengers were transported to area hospitals for treatment.  

The Sand Blaster was already forty years old when the park purchased it in August of 2013 from an amusement park that closed in Delaware, per a Daytona Beach News-Journal report.

Trevor Gutierrez, a thirteen year old from Atlanta, Georgia who vacations in Daytona Beach each year said that the Sand Blaster was a roller coaster he was willing to ride.  But, he noted that it was rather bumpy the last time he was on it.  Following the derailment, he will never go on it again. "I feel like the ride wasn't checked well enough," he said. "I'm not riding on that thing again."

The accident remains under investigation. There are no further details available at this time.

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