The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that the malfunctioning roller coaster is called the Sand Blaster and has been operating at the boardwalk for five years. Six people have been hospitalized, including two who fell to the ground from more than 30 feet high.
A fun-filled day at a Florida beach boardwalk turned to turmoil Thursday when a roller coaster derailed mid-ride. Fire officials also said they didn't know what caused the ride to malfunction and derail.
Staton was unsure how the vehicle derailed, but said that the track appeared to be intact.
Following the derailment, the front auto of the roller coaster was left dangling from the track.
"It was found in compliance with state law", the department said.
A witness told WFTV-Channel 9 that, at first, it seemed like the train's abrupt dive "was part of the ride, because we were kind of far away". Thankfully, responders were able to reach the two riders and get them out of the ride. One of the videos showed the stranded riders being rescued by ladder.
Six of the 10 who were rescued were taken to a hospital.
Check back for updates as they become available. A hospital official said information about their condition might be released sometime Friday.
The accident is under investigation.
The Daytona Beach Boardwalk features thrill rides, amusements, gift shops, snack bars, restaurants, and a classic arcade.
According to UltimateRollercoaster.com, the coaster operated at DelGrosso's Amusement Park in Tipton, Pennsylvania, and before that, the coaster was at Legend City in Phoenix, Arizona.