Passengers stranded atop Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster

Passengers stranded atop Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster

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The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando was closed early Wednesday evening after the ride came to a stop, leaving twelve passengers stranded on the attraction. 

The riders were stuck at what is essentially the highest point of the ride, right before the first drop.  For over an hour, the passengers remained flat on their backs, facing the sky, and secured only by their lap bars.  All other passengers were able to safely exit the ride shortly after it stopped. 

The ride, which climbs straight up 17 stories above the park and reaches top speeds of 65 mph, is located inside Universal Studios and runs from City Walk to the Twister attraction.  Each rider is allowed to choose their own genre of music and song on the ride.  Cameras capture the riders reactions at certain points of the ride and create a music video at the end.  It's not known if the music was turned off as the rescue continued.

Crews were working to either lower the cars to the loading area below or to the stairwell at the crest of the first hill, where passengers can be safely removed.

One person was taken to the hospital for neck pain.


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