JACKSON, N.J. – First aid teams were dispatched to Six Flags Great Adventure after a report of multiple injuries suffered on the El Toro roller coaster at the New Jersey theme park Thursday night, according to authorities.
“Several guests reported back pain after riding El Toro this evening,” said Gabriel Darretta, a Six Flags spokesperson. “Five guests were taken to a local medical facility for evaluation. The ride is closed for inspection.”
First responders were on site to offer medical assistance, authorities said.
This isn't El Toro's only safety incident in recent years. The coaster –which is 19 stories and includes a drop of 176 feet at a 76-degree angle – reopened this year after a partial derailment last summer.
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs had “red-tagged” the wooden roller coaster after the incident on June 29, 2021, meaning that it was removed from operation and placed under an engineering review.
The partial derailment was caused by the rear-up wheel, which prevents the train from lifting, coming up on top of the rail, according to the department. No park visitors were injured in that incident.
“All necessary modifications have been completed, and El Toro is expected to reopen this spring following extensive testing, inspections by internal and external experts, and state certification by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs,” the park said in a statement last February.
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This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Six Flags Great Adventure 'El Toro' roller coaster leaves some injured