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Roller coaster at Universal Studios Japan comes to emergency halt 43 meters up

OSAKA -- Some 30 passengers on a roller coaster at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in this city were left stranded 43 meters above the ground when the ride came to an emergency halt on Jan. 22.

    The roller coaster is seen stopped with passengers on board, at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka's Konohana Ward, at 2:18 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2022. (Mainichi)

    The incident occurred on the "Hollywood Dream - The Ride" roller coaster at about 1:10 p.m. According to the operator of the park in Osaka's Konohana Ward, a sensor detected an abnormality.

    At about 2:45 p.m. all passengers on the ride were led down emergency stairs at the side of the track by staff. No one complained of illness and there were no injuries.

    The park is investigating the incident and plans to reopen the ride after an inspection. Other attractions at the park are operating as usual.

    On Oct. 22, 2021, the same roller coaster stopped near the top of the track with 35 people on it due to a power cut in the area.

    (Japanese original by Tsuyoshi Kosaka, Osaka City News Department)

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