Riders Stuck On Kennywood Roller Coaster

WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — Riders got stuck on a Kennywood roller coaster Sunday afternoon.

According to park officials, the Phantom’s Revenge stopped when the ride’s computer sensed a problem.

The ride stopped two-thirds of the way up the hill.

“Yesterday we had slight maintenance matter come up on the Phantom’s Revenge,” Kennywood official Nick Paradise said.

There was nothing wrong with the car that was stopped by the ride’s computer on the hill. The issue was with the other train back in the station.

“The train coming into the station stopped about an inch different from its designated location to stop back at the loading platform,” Paradise said.

That inch was enough to set off the computerized alarms and shut down the ride. It’s a precaution common with all the Kennywood roller coasters.

All have emergency mechanisms built in, and the Kennywood staff are trained to go up and get riders down from a stopped car if necessary.

That wasn’t the case on Sunday.

“[The ride stopped] for about six minutes,” Paradise said. “Once they figured out what [the problem] was, they were able to reset, the train continued, and they went through the rest of the ride without incident.”

The Phantom’s Revenge was running smoothly Monday.

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