Cyclone Riders Forced To Climb Down After Mid-Ride Breakdown - Again
For the second time this season Cyclone roller coaster riders were forced to climb down the steep wooden tracks to safety because the ride got struck stranding terrified passengers. The iconic ride suffered another embarrassing episode on opening day, March 29 when the Cyclone also got stuck. The Parks Department concession has been in operation since 1927 and is the second oldest wooden roller coaster in America. (Photo: Alejandro Bachmann) Brooklyn
Coney Island’s Cyclone screeched to a halt mid-ride Saturday for the second time this season, forcing riders to once again climb down the famed clackety coaster, according to the New York Post.
Michael Osborn, 36, and his girlfriend, Jessica Laux, 34, were in one of the Cyclone’s rear cars when it stopped in its tracks around 2 p.m.
“The car stopped. We heard a sudden click and a brake and the car just stopped – that’s it,” said Osborn.
“Luckily, it stopped before the big drop. … We were mildly concerned, sure,” he said. “That [the walk off the Cyclone] was worse than the stop. The ladder – the rungs aren’t too stable.”
The ride was expected to be reopened later Saturday.
Luna Park in Coney Island, which manages the ride, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Cyclone also got stuck on March 29 during its season-opening public run as it climbed up a 60-degree incline to its first big drop.
More than 12 riders were left suspended dozens of feet off the ground for about 10 minutes, until they were forced to walk hand-in-hand with rescuers down the steep slope of the track to safety.