Belgian roller coaster leaves riders hanging
August 28, 1997
Web posted at: 2:25 p.m. EDT (1825 GMT)
BRUSSELS, Belgium (CNN) -- Safety officials Thursday were
working to determine what caused a roller coaster at a
Belgian amusement park to jam, leaving thrill
seekers hanging upside down for 90 minutes.
None of the 26 people aboard the Scirocco was injured, but
nine people received a routine medical checkup and several
people looked nauseous.
The Scirocco, which zips along at a brisk 50 mph (80 kph),
suddenly stopped at the top of the first of two loops late
Wednesday. It took firemen nearly an hour-and-a-half to get
the people down.
Dominique Fallon, director of the Walibi amusement park
south of Brussels, said the ride will stay closed until the
cause of the glitch is discovered.
"This attraction has never had the slightest problem in the
past and we must make sure it never happens again," he said.
Reuters contributed to this report.