Roller Coaster Accident Injures 19

Two cars on the Superman Ride of Steel roller coaster at the Six Flags New England park collided today, injuring at least 19 people.

According to a statement by park officials, the injuries did not appear to be serious. They expected "a few more" people to be taken to hospitals as a "precautionary measure."

The statement did not specify which hospitals the injured were being taken to.

Mike Kintner, a spokesman for Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, said it had received four of the injured and was expecting more. He said the hospital was told that 16 people were being taken to hospitals from the park.

Fire officials also said that all the injuries appeared minor. However 10 ambulances had been sent to the scene, said Agawam firefighter Bill Barber.

Series of Roller Coaster Mishaps

The park remained open this afternoon, but the ride, one of the park's seven roller coasters, was closed. The Superman ride had opened in May 2000.

The accident is the fourth on a roller coaster in a New England amusement park this season.

A park maintenance worker was killed June 13 when he was hit by the Boulder Dash roller coaster at the Lake Compounce amusement park in Bristol, Conn.

The next day, the Zoomerang roller coaster at that park failed to stop at the correct location, and 26 people were stuck for more than 90 minutes before firefighters were able to bring them down.

Five people were injured on July 27 when two cars collided on the Yankee Cannonball roller coaster at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H. That accident was blamed on human error.