Darien Center, NY (August 11, 2011 / release WKBW) – On Thursday, August 11, 2011, at approximately 6:10 p.m. ET, Darien Lake Theme Park Resort’s Ride of Steel roller coaster experienced a mechanical failure. The train automatically stopped on the coaster’s lift, approximately half way up the track, when a chain broke. There were 32 passengers onboard who were safely evacuated according to standard operating procedures.
Eyewitness News spoke with Paul Hare, and eyewitness to the incident, who submitted pictures to wkbw.com. Hare was a passenger on the "Ride Of Steel" prior to the mechanical failure. He said that he saw a chain dangling from the ride after the train stopped, and took pictures of the passengers coming down the steps.
“Due to the quick, trained response of the DL team, our guests were on the ground within 30 minutes of the breakdown. In addition, all redundant safety systems functioned precisely as planned including the immediate train stop. Ride of Steel will be closed until further notice,” said Chris Thorpe, general manager of the park.
Ride updates will be posted on the park’s web site at www.godarienlake.com.
Eyewitness News will continue to follow this story.