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Roller coaster gets stuck in mid-loop

stuck coaster
Firefighters attempt to remove passengers from roller coaster   
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April 18, 1998
Web posted at: 9:11 p.m. EDT (0111 GMT)

GURNEE, Illinois (CNN) -- Roller coaster riders at a theme park north of Chicago got a longer ride than they had planned Saturday when the ride got stuck.

The roller coaster became stuck in a vertical loop around 11 a.m.

The riders, some of whom were stuck upside down, were evacuated by about 1:30 p.m., said Six Flags Great America spokesman Scott Kirn.

Kirn said four of the 23 riders, evacuated by firemen using ladders, were taken to the hospital for observation. He said they may have suffered minor injuries.

Six Flags roller coaster in Gurnee, Illinois
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Kirn said he did not know what caused the mishap.

 
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