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Knott's Berry Farm roller coaster that injured 2 riders could be closed for months

October 5, 2009 |  8:30 am

A popular Knott's Berry Farm roller coaster, shut down last month after a cable broke and two riders were hurt, could remain shuttered for months, state officials said.

A cable came loose on the Xcelerator roller coaster and cut a 12-year-old boy in the leg. 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.

State inspectors are now combing through the ride to see what went wrong and order fixes.

“It’s still out of commission, and it’s liable to be out of commission for a few months or more,” said Erika Monterroza, a spokeswoman for Cal-OSHA, told the Orange County Register. “They need to do failure analysis, so they have to send [those] parts out to a lab."

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.

-- Shelby Grad

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