- Dec 10, 2009
JAMES CITY COUNTY -- Several guests at Busch Gardens were treated at the park or taken to the hospital Thursday.
They were riding the popular Griffon roller coaster as strong winds blew threw the area, catching hold of a prop that blew into the ride.
Bruce Wilson, Communications Manager for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA released this statement:
"At approximately 7:30 p.m., Thursday, a quickly moving storm caused a weather-related incident at Busch Gardens that caused injuries to several guests riding the Griffon roller coaster. A sudden gust of high winds knocked an inflatable prop from its anchor points as park employees were in the process of deflating it. Winds blew the prop into the path of an oncoming coaster train, which came to a stop at the top of the coaster’s second hill.
Guests were evacuated from the train and treated on site for any injuries they may have suffered. Five guests requested transportation to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. Please contact the hospital for further information on the guests' conditions."
I'm guessing the mentioned "props" are those blow-up hot-air balloons around France.