Three injured at Bay Beach Amusement Park

    Three people were taken to the hospital after an incident at the Zippin Pippin ride at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay, June 20, 2016. (WLUK/Tim Flanigan)

    GREEN BAY (WLUK) - An investigation has started to figure out what caused a collision on the Zippin Pippin roller coaster at Bay Beach Amusement Park that sent three people to the hospital Monday afternoon.

    Green Bay firefighters say the injuries are believed to be minor for the two workers and one rider who went to the hospital.

    The ride, which opened five years ago, is expected to be closed for at least a week.

    "It was terrifying. I'm there with my six-year-old daughter waiting to go on and people were horrified," said Justin Hoelscher of Sun Prarie.

    Riders say an occupied train car failed to stop properly, hitting an empty train car in the loading area, which hit two workers.

    "Like when we were going over the last hill, the car didn't stop or slow down at all and I seen the other car and I was like how are we supposed to stop and it was just then a large bang," said Jonathan Walsten of Coon Rapids, Minnesota. "The cart hit a worker and he went up and over the car and fell in the first seat of it."

    Green Bay Parks Director Dawne Cramer says the state inspected the roller coaster before the start of the season. She says Bay Beach workers also inspect the ride daily.

    "We'll have the state inspectors come in and they'll need to review the ride and we have some damage on the back of one of the cars that we have to repair," said Cramer.

    The park celebrated the Zippin Pippin's millionth rider three years ago. Thousands of people have ridden the roller coaster since, however, Bay Beach's manager believes this is the first time anyone was hurt on the ride.

    "You saw people instantly crying and reacting that they were obviously startled," said Hoelscher.

    "My neck like tweaked and is now kind of a little sore," said Waltsen. "It was more of a shock than pain."

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