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12 people freed from Universal Studios Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster

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Updated: 10/10/2013 3:31 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (WFTV) — Twelve people were freed from Universal Studios Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster Wednesday night.

There was a glitch that caused the computers to go into safety mode which stopped the ride and trapped people for more than two hours, Orlando Fire Rescue officials said.

The riders, three of them children, were in a vertical position on the ride but had been moved up so they could be rescued.

Officials said one person was being treated for neck pain.

Until officials can determine what went wrong, the ride will remain closed.

The roller coaster has had a history trouble starting not long after it first opened.

Rip Ride Rockit opened in August of 2009. It was shut down a year later. 

The park said it was closed for maintenance, but the closure came just weeks after the coaster's manufacturer warned of a flaw with a part that's used to keep riders inside the cars.

The ride was closed for a little more than a month.

More recently, officials said something happened on the ride Aug. 1 that required them to stop.

One guest received a minor injury as the vehicle was stopped, said the official.
The official said she was treated and released back into the park.

An earlier version of this story said 10 people were trapped. Officials said Wednesday night there were 12 people.
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caswalmac - 10/10/2013 7:09 AM
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Well that does it.. I won't be riding THIS ride again. I always felt weird riding it with just a lap restraint and not a shoulder one. On top of that there was no buckle to keep it in. Can't be too careful. It's not worth it. Remember the lady who fell out of the Texas Giant because of a malfunctioning restraint. Granted her weight may have been a factor but never the less, these things need to be taken more seriously.
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