JACKSON, N.J. (PBN) Six flags emergency medical services, along with the fire department, responded to El Toro after it was reported to have a hard Jerk , possibly after guests were getting off the ride. Six ambulances were requested to the park, injuries are to be nonlife threatening.
The El Toro roller coaster had a minor accident around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, according to park officials. As the ride was coming toward its conclusion, something malfunctioned and caused multiple injuries to the passengers aboard at the time. Several people reported back pain, while five guests were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. The coaster was shut down after the incident, which occurred just before the park was set to close at its usual time of 8 p.m., the park said.
A woman who said she was on the El Toro Thursday night wrote on Facebook that “it felt like [the roller coaster] hit a pothole” after the third drop.
A parkgoer said in the post, which appeared on a Facebook group connoisseur page for fans of the amusement park, that she thought she may have chipped a tooth from the rough ride.
Other riders said they also bit their tongues, the woman added.
Official Statement from Great Adventure
Great Adventure has provided the following statement regarding the incident on El Toro:
Several guests reported back pain and minor injuries after riding El Toro last evening. Thirteen guests were evaluated at the park, of which five were taken to a local medical facility for evaluation, where they were treated and released.
The park ride completed its normal cycle and all guests exited the ride without need of assistance. The ride will remain closed for inspection. Any maintenance and repairs necessary will be completed and the ride will be re-inspected by our engineers, maintenance professionals, our 3rd party independent safety inspectors and the state of NJ prior to re-opening.