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Superman Rollercoaster

August 7, 2001: Superman Roller Coaster Crash

AGAWAM, Mass., Aug 6 (Reuters) - Two roller coaster cars collided in a loading area at an amusement park in western Massachusetts on Monday, injuring at least 19 people, park and fire officials said.

None of the injuries at the Six Flags New England amusement park in the town of Agawam were life-threatening, said a spokesman for the Agawam fire department.

"We transported 19 people (to hospitals)," said the spokesman, Lt. Gary Brown. "It was neck and back strains and sprains," he said, as well as some facial injuries.

The two cars collided at about 3 p.m. in the loading zone of the Superman Ride of Steel as one car was arriving and another leaving, a statement issued by the park said. The roller coaster was closed after the accident but the rest of the park remained open, the statement said.

Billed as one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world, the Superman Ride of Steel climbs 208 feet and reaches maximum speed of 80mph on its mile-long course, according to the Six Flags Website.

The cause of the accident was under investigation by state and local authorities as well as park officials and the ride's manufacturer, said Agawam Police Chief Robert Campbell. The roller coaster was stopped pending the outcome of the probe, he said.

"They called in inspectors from the manufacturers, we've notified state authorities and people from our own building department will go down there and look into it," he said.

Ten of the injured were taken to Bay State Medical Center in nearby Springfield, said hospital spokesman Mike Kintner, who described their injuries as "relatively minor."

It was the second roller coaster accident in New England in two weeks. On July 27, five people were slightly injured at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire.

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