A Trimper's amusement park roller coaster on the Ocean City boardwalk injured three people Thursday, a spokesman said.
Ocean City Fire Department crews were called to the Tidal Wave ride, located at South 1st Street and South Baltimore Avenue, for reports of a fire and people trapped at about 9:30 p.m., said Steve Price, spokesman with the fire department.
When officials arrived at the scene, he said there was no fire and the ride was not stuck. But three youths between the ages of 10 and 15 had suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Johnnie Jett, a Trimper's office employee, said that the children were shaken up after a cable cracked on the roller coaster shortly after the ride began. He said that one child had a slight cut.
Two of the youths were taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin and the third was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, he said. According to news reports, the person taken to Peninsula Regional possibly suffered neck and back injuries.
The area around the ride was evacuated as crews treated the victims and assessed the damage, Price said, but the area was reopened shortly after. The double-loop roller coaster was not reopened, Price said, and the cause for the malfunction is under investigation.
The ride will stay closed until it is checked by an amusement park ride safety inspector with the Maryland Department of Labor and Licensing. A state licensing and regulation spokesman says officials believe a mechanical failure caused a fire.
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