Westport students safe after King's Island ride malfunctions


by Alex Schuman


Posted on June 2, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 9:19 AM

MASON, Ohio (WHAS11) – Alison Solan and her daughter Sydney did not expect firefighters and EMS to be part of their Westport Middle School trip to King’s Island amusement park.

A ride malfunctioned and people were evacuated from a small part of the park.

“I heard like sirens and then I saw like two fire trucks trying to get through all the people,” Sydney said.

Fire crews showed up just before 3 p.m. to an indoor roller coaster called Flight of Fear.

The Solans and other Westport students had just been on the ride an hour before. A motor started smoking, filling the inside with smoke.

"Our first concern was, who was riding it?  Are there any Westport students who were riding?  So, right away, we got a text from our main headquarters teacher that said please make sure you have all the students that were in your group accounted for," Alison said.

The school also sent out an e-mail to all parents advising them that none of the Westport Middle kids were one of the 18 people aboard the ride.

Two people were treated at the scene but they were fortunately not taken to the hospital.

Chaperones and kids say it didn’t change how much fun they had on the trip.

“Not at all – the trip was great,” Alison said.