DARIEN, NY (WKBW) - The 'Ride of Steel' roller coaster at Darien Lake Amusement Park has been closed after the lift chain broke, stranding 32 passengers halfway up a 208 foot hill Thursday.
Riders were escorted down the from the coaster by park workers and no one suffered any injuries, however this latest event is sparking new concerns over the rides safety.
"It's not safe. I won't even let my kids on it," says Darien resident Patti Linder Strange.
Just over a month ago Army Sergeant James Hackemer, a double amputee, fell from the coaster to his death.
An investigation revealed that tragic accident was a result of operator error, as park rules clearly state all riders must have both legs.
Dave Altman, President of American Coaster Enthusiasts says that roller coasters are very safe and undergo extensive inspections on a daily and seasonal basis.
Park officials released a statement Friday afternoon, saying that passengers were never in danger and that safety mechanisms functioned perfectly, preventing the car from rolling backwards down the hill.
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Still, the ride will remain closed until a new chain can be delivered and installed. Park guests can get updates on all the rides at the park website, www.godarienlake.com.