Passengers escorted off Apollo’s Chariot

Passengers exiting a roller coaster car on Apollo's Chariot after the ride got stuck on an incline Thursday (WAVY/Report It)
Passengers exiting a roller coaster car on Apollo's Chariot after the ride got stuck on an incline Thursday (WAVY/Report It)

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Park officials confirm roller coaster cars at Busch Gardens got stuck while passengers were on an incline of a ride Thursday afternoon.

Park spokesman Kevin Crossett said Apollo’s Chariot was shut down around 3:45 p.m. for about 45 minutes, due to a minor electrical issue. Passengers had to exit the ride’s cars hundreds of feet above ground and were escorted off the attraction by park officials. A witness told WAVY.com the passengers had to walk down a metal catwalk lining the roller coaster track.

Crossett said no one was injured during the incident and maintenance personnel fixed the problem. He said the ride is now operating normally.

“The safety of guests and team members is Busch Gardens’ number one priority,” Crossett told WAVY.com. “All ride attractions are inspected daily by trained technicians to ensure they are operating properly. Ride safety systems are designed to exacting standards; when a shutdown does occur, it is an indication that these systems are working properly.”

The witness said the mishap occurred after the park experienced heavy rains.

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