There was an accident Thursday night on Pony Express at Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park, CA). The family-oriented launch coaster begins with a relatively tame 38 mph launch up a short hill. The night of the accident, the departing train was not able to climb the hill and rolled back into the station striking another train that was in the station. More from KTLA:
According to Orange County Fire Authority Captain Greg McKeown, one person who was getting into a waiting train and nine others on the train that rolled back were hurt.
The park guests were hospitalized with minor injuries, McKeown said.
Three of the riders were reportedly 12 years old, while the rest were adults.
Unless I’m mistaken, roll back crashes in the station aren’t very likely on traditional roller coasters with chain lifts, but on a launch coaster like Pony Express you don’t have those anti-rollback ridges on the chain lift. It’s a good thing that there were only minor injuries. With riders getting in and out of a waiting train things could have been worse.