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6 injured in roller coaster mishap in western Va.

Monday - 7/4/2011, 1:17pm  ET

SALEM, Va. - Six people were injured Sunday night at the Salem Fair when a passenger's hat became wedged in a roller coaster's braking system.

Danny Abner, a contracted ride inspector for the fair, told The Roanoke Times that the adult passenger's hat flew off while the Rip Tide ride was traveling about 10 mph. One car stopped, and the coaster's second car slammed into the first.

Abner said the third car stopped on an incline about 15 feet off the ground after officials cut off the ride's power. Passengers from that car were escorted down on an emergency platform.

Four minors and two adults were taken to local hospitals. Salem Fire Capt. Tim Graham said they didn't suffer life-threatening injuries. At least one patient had a fracture.


Information from: The Roanoke Times,

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