Rider flung from Tennessee roller coaster, lands on tracks

Rider flung from Tennessee roller coaster, lands on tracks

A passenger on a popular Tennessee mountain coaster was left “seriously” injured this week after being flung about 10 feet from the ride’s cart and landing onto the tracks, reports said.

The terrifying incident unfolded Monday on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster in Gatlinburg.

The unidentified rider “flew out of the cart while entering the curve just past the Kodak camera,” according to an incident report obtained by Fox News.

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The rider suffered injuries to the head, wrist and ankle and was hospitalized after being hurled from the cart, according to the news outlet.

The coaster was closed following Monday’s incident, but was permitted to reopen the next day per a letter from the state’s Amusement Device Unit to Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster owner Jon Ogle, Fox News reported.

The letter, which described the victim’s injuries as “serious,” confirmed that a third-party investigator deemed the coaster to be in compliance with “applicable industry standards,” the site said.

Tennessee’s Department of Labor

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