Two from Knott County company injured in Daytona Beach roller coaster derailment

Published: Jun. 15, 2018 at 11:46 AM EDT
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The Latest on a roller coaster derailment in Florida (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Two of the people injured on the

worked for an Eastern Kentucky company.

Alternative Outlook, LLC out of Knott County made this written statement about the incident:

11 a.m.

Florida officials say a roller coaster passed a state inspection only hours before it derailed and sent two riders plummeting to the ground.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Friday that the Sand Blaster at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk had been seen Thursday by inspectors from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Putnam's statement says the roller coaster "was found in compliance with state law." It says his agency is investigating the cause, and says "anyone who should be held accountable will be held accountable."

Daytona Beach Fire officials say two riders fell 34 feet (10 meters) to the ground when their car derailed and was left dangling from the track. They were hospitalized along with four other people who had been on the ride Thursday evening.


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Authorities say two riders fell 34 feet (10 meters) to the ground when a roller coaster derailed and eight others had to be pulled to safety high above the Daytona Beach Boardwalk.

Daytona Beach Fire spokeswoman Sasha Staton says the front car came off the tracks Thursday night, and two of its four passengers suffered traumatic injuries falling to the ground. Firefighters extricated two others from the dangling car.

She says six of the 10 riders were hospitalized Thursday night. She said the extent of their injuries wasn't immediately known.

She also says the cause of the accident is being investigated.