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Coaster that derailed in Daytona was once a DelGrosso’s attraction

Several injured after roller coaster accident in Daytona Beach. (MGN online graphics)

DAYTONA BEACH -- A Florida roller coaster that recently derailed from its tracks, injuring two people, was a longtime attraction at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park in Blair County.

Florida authorities say a car on the steel roller coaster, now called the "Sand Blaster,” suddenly derailed last week, sending two riders plunging more than 30 feet to the ground and another rider desperately holding on to a car still.

According to The Associated Press, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the ride was found in compliance with state law when it was inspected earlier that day, but state records show it had a history of maintenance problems. In 2017 alone, reports show the roller coaster had at least two stop orders. Authorities said inspectors shut the ride down again last month but reopened it hours before the accident.

Roller Coaster Data Base, an online website that tracks amusement rides and parks, says the ride has been sold and moved around to several amusement parks since it was built back in 1975.

Before going to Daytona Beach in 2013, the coaster had been at a park in Delaware. The website lists the coaster at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park in Tipton for 16 years. But it had a different name then. It was called the Zyklon during its stay from 1987 until 2003.

Florida officials say an investigation into why the coaster derailed is still underway.

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