Knott’s Berry Farm rollercoaster injures 2!

Legal news for California personal injury attorneys. A Xcelerator roller coaster malfunction injured to riders.

OSHA alerts California personal injury attorneys. A Knott’s Berry Farm roller coaster malfunction injured two.

Anaheim, CA—A Knott’s Berry Farm roller coaster is shut down after two riders were injured when a cable snapped. The roller coaster malfunction happened on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 around 4:00 p.m. at the Knott Berry Farm, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Officials stated a cable on the Xcelerator roller coaster came loose and struck a 12-year-old boy in the leg, which left him with a cut where the cable hit him. Another man was also injured after the malfunction, which caused smoke and debris to shoot into the air, and the carts to roll back to the boarding area of the ride. The man sustained back and neck injuries as a result of the malfunction. Both the man and the boy, who are unrelated, were transported to a local hospital by area emergency medical services (EMS) crews for treatment of their injuries. The roller coaster was shut down as a result of the malfunction, and will remain closed until officials will the Occupation Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and Buena Park amusement park investigates the incident.

The Xcelerator roller coaster has an occupancy of 20 passengers, but the ride was not filled to capacity when the malfunction occurred. The roller coaster reportedly goes from zero to 80 mph in 2.3 seconds, and is inspected daily by the park’s maintenance staff.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for California personal injury lawyers.