Two riders plunge 34 feet after Daytona Beach roller coaster derails

Multiple people were injured after a roller coaster in Daytona Beach, Florida, derailed on Thursday night, sending two riders plunging over 30 feet to the ground, the Daytona Beach Fire Department confirmed

A total of ten passengers were rescued from the Sand Blaster roller coaster, with six being taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment, the department said on Twitter. At least two of those passengers were ejected from the ride and fell 34 feet before hitting the ground below. The extent of their injuries remains unknown.

Footage shared on twitter shows Daytona Beach firefighters working swiftly with a ladder truck to rescue riders who were stuck in the dangling car.

Images from the scene: 

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DB Firefighters working as fast as they can to rescue 2 riders that are in a dangling rollercoaster car https://t.co/v0UrChJdHC
#DBFD on scene at the Boardwalk in Daytona Beach rescuing riders from a roller coaster car that derailed and are ha… https://t.co/BrDOwoINma
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Daytona Beach Fire Department spokeswoman Sasha Staton described the scene as "chaotic."

"The riders were very frightened and the firefighters were doing a great job of trying to make sure that everyone stayed calm so the rescue could go off successfully," she told reporters at the scene. 

The cause of the derailment is currently under investigation.

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