‘Cyclone’ roller coaster gets stuck on Coney Island opening day

Riders are evacuated from the Cyclone roller coaster in Coney Island, New York City on March 29, 2015. (Photo: ABC/John Huntington/Alamy Live News)

Known as ‘The Cyclone,’ the famed wooden roller coaster at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, got stuck on Sunday, the park’s first operating day of the season.

The coaster got stuck near the top of the ride’s first big hill. About a dozen riders were escorted off by foot and walked down along the tracks.

“Eric Adams, the borough president came down and christened the ride, the dignitaries took their ride, everything went fine and then us general public went for a nice ride, and we had a little belt slippage, and they shut it down,” Eric Napp, who is known as “Mr. Cyclone” and has been on the coaster more than 1,000 times, told 8News affiliate ABC 7. “The locks were in place, so the ride didn’t slide back down, and then staff came up and safely escorted us off the ride.”

“It was definitely an interesting experience. I’m ready to go back as soon as they give the okay,” Adam Myers told ABC7.

Luna Park, which operates the ride, posted on Facebook that no one was injured.

“This was an isolated issue and it is quickly being resolved,” the statement said. “Those on the ride were safely evacuated according to our safety training procedures and will be able to ride again for free.”

The ride is expected to reopen on Saturday, the next day the park is open, amNewYork reported.

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