12 rescued from roller coaster at Hong Kong Disneyland
HONG KONG – Twelve people were rescued from a roller coaster in Hong Kong’s Disneyland after the ride stopped working on Feb 7, the police and fire services said after they deployed dozens of personnel to the site.
The police and fire services were called for assistance at 3.16pm after the Disney ride Hyperspace Mountain stopped working. No injuries have been reported and there was no smoke or fire at the scene, a police spokeswoman said.
The passengers were removed from the ride by 4.16pm, a fire services representative said.
Around 40 firefighters were deployed to Disneyland, located by Hong Kong’s international airport, he said.
Disney said a delay in passenger boarding in the loading area of the ride prevented the train from departing as scheduled.
“As a safety measure, the ride control system was triggered to stop the attraction. One of the vehicles, carrying 12 passengers was stopped in a position requiring fire department assistance,” a company spokesman said.
The ride was suspended immediately and will resume operations once checks are complete, the company said.
The Hyperspace Mountain ride is described on Disney’s website as rocketing into a Star Wars battle. Key features include big drops and being plunged into darkness.
It was due to close for routine maintenance and inspection, from Feb. 26 to March 1, 2024, according to a notice on the website. – REUTERS