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Hersheypark roller coaster stops mid-ride, 27 passengers evacuated

By
Ben Hooper

HERSHEY, Pa., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- More than two dozen people were stranded on a roller coaster at Pennsylvania's Hersheypark when the ride malfunctioned in mid-run.

A photo and video captured Monday by park-goer Jen Coates shows 27 riders stranded on the Sidewinder roller coaster after it came to a halt due to a malfunction.

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The park said all the passengers were evacuated without incident and the ride was closed for the rest of the day.

"The Sidewinder roller coaster experienced a stoppage today at 3:30 p.m. The Park Team walked 27 riders safely off the train. This guest exiting process took approximately 35 minutes," Hersheypark said in a statement.

"While we are still determining why Sidewinder didn't finish it's ride cycle, the coaster did function as it is intended to do in instances of an incomplete ride by settling at a point that allowed guests to safely exit the ride," the statement said. "The ride is now closed and will remain closed for the remainder of the day."

The incident came only three days after Fahrenheit, another roller coaster at the same park, stopped in mid-ride due to a mechanical issue.

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