Guests on Busch Gardens’ Sheikra are being evacuated after the roller coaster stopped suddenly.
Busch Gardens issued the following statement Thursday afternoon.
At approximately 3:45 p.m (EDT) the Sheikra roller coaster unexpectedly stopped due to an electrical error mid-ride with 64 guests on board. At the time the ride launched, there was no indication of any operational issues. All passengers were safely evacuated and no injuries have been reported. The exact cause of the ride stoppage has yet to be determined. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay takes the safety of its guests and employees very seriously and will conduct a thorough review of the coaster and its systems before reopening the ride.
As of 5:45 p.m (EDT) ,riders were being evacuated from the car.
Just to clarify all saftey systems kicked in and all evacuation procedures were carried out successfully.
Sheikra: Climb 200 feet to the edge of a 90-degree drop that inches you mercilessly over the edge—and stops. Then surrender to speed as you dive straight down into a 70 mph coaster whirlwind with an Immelmann loop, a second dive into an underground tunnel and a splashdown finale that drenches SheiKra fans waiting to catch their own piece of the fun.
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