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Knott's Berry Farm roller coaster shut down after accident injures 2

September 18, 2009 |  4:53 pm

An Orange County roller coaster remains closed after a cable broke and injured two riders this week, Knott’s Berry Farm officials said today.

When the Xcelerator roller coaster launched just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, a cable came loose and cut a 12-year-old boy in the leg, officials said. And a man was treated for back injuries after the malfunction, during which smoke and debris shot into the air and the ride’s cars rolled back into the boarding area, said Meghan Gardner, a spokeswoman for Knott’s Berry Farm.

The ride was shut down immediately and will remain closed while the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the Buena Park amusement park investigates, Gardner said.

Paramedics had to pull the man, who complained of back and neck injuries, from the ride, said Capt. George Casario of the Orange County Fire Authority. Both the man and the boy, who are not related, were  taken to hospitals with mild to moderate injuries. 

The coaster seats about 20 passengers, but was not full during the mishap, park officials said. The Xcelerator accelerates zero to 80 mph in 2.3 seconds. The ride opened in 2003 and is inspected by the park's maintenance staff daily.

--Tony Barboza