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2 hurt on Knott's roller coaster

September 19, 2009|Tony Barboza

A Knott's Berry Farm roller coaster remains closed after a cable broke and injured two riders this week, park officials said Friday.

When the Xcelerator roller coaster launched just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, a cable snapped 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 will remain closed while the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the amusement park investigate, Gardner said.

The coaster seats about 20 passengers, but was not full during the mishap, park officials said. The Xcelerator accelerates from zero to 80 mph in 2.3 seconds.

-- Tony Barboza

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