Faulty sensor stops Kennywood coaster
By Rick Wills
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 7:09 p.m.
For the third time in a month, a roller coaster at Kennywood stopped on a lift hill.
A fault with a sensor caused the Phantom's Revenge to stop for four minutes on Wednesday, said Jeff Filicko, a Kennywood spokesman. “It is not unusual for a roller coaster to stop. There is a difference between stopping and getting stuck,” he said.
A sensor malfunctioned on July 30, and riders were helped down the lift staircase.
On Aug. 11, a train stopped for six minutes on the lift hill. That stoppage occurred because another train was still at the roller coaster's platform, Filicko said.
None of the episodes was a threat to safety, and they have occurred from time to time over the years, he said.
Roller coasters have attracted particular attention this summer.
Last month, a woman was killed an accident while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in Arlington, Texas. Rosy Esparza fell out of her car during the ride because the seat restraint was loose.
Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or email@example.com.
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