Numerous people injured at the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park
Authorities have reported many injuries on the El Toro roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure on Thursday evening, prompting the arrival of first aid teams to the theme park.
“Several guests reported back pain after riding El Toro this evening,” said Gabriel Darretta, a Six Flags spokesperson. “Five guests were taken to a local medical facility for evaluation. The ride is closed for inspection.”
Authorities stated that the Jackson Township Police Department was not called to the scene, but that other first responders were present to provide medical help.
After a partial derailment last summer, the 19-story coaster with a drop of 176 feet at a 76-degree angle reopened this year.
After the incident on June 29, 2021, the state Department of Community Affairs “red-tagged” the wooden roller coaster, indicating it was taken out of service and put under an engineering review.
The agency claims that the partial derailment occurred because the rear-up wheel, which keeps the train from lifting, came up on top of the rail. Fortunately, nobody in the park was hurt during the occurrence.
After “extensive testing,” “inspection by internal and external experts,” and “state certification by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs,” the park announced in February that “all necessary modifications have been completed” and “El Toro is expected to reopen this spring.”