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Circus Circus roller coaster closes after woman falls from ride

The El Loco, located within the casino’s 5-acre Adventuredome, remained closed Tuesday evening.
(MGM Resorts International)

A thrill-seeker in Las Vegas ended up in the hospital after a fall from a roller coaster at Circus Circus on Monday afternoon.

The woman, who was not identified, was riding the El Loco Roller Coaster at the casino’s indoor Adventuredome theme park when the incident occurred, authorities say. The ride was subsequently issued a “prohibited use” announcement by the Clark County Building and Fire Prevention department.

The El Loco attraction remained closed Tuesday night, Las Vegas Now reported.

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The size of the woman’s injuries, or the details of how she fell from the ride, are not published.

“Clark County Building and Fire Prevention was notified of an incident shortly after it happened with a woman who fell from the El Loco roller Coaster Monday afternoon,” said Erik Pappa, spokesman for Clark County, in a statement obtained by the Las Vegas Now. “County Building staff was immediately dispatched to the scene. A Prohibited Use Notice was issued and the ride remains closed for public use and may only be used for the inspection and testing as part of the research. Our thoughts are with the wife of the victim and her family and friends in this difficult time.”

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MGM Resorts International, which owns Circus Circus, also extended her apologies to the family of the rider.

“We are very sad that one of our Adventuredome guests was injured and our hearts go out to the guest and her family,” said Brian Ahern, the director of corporate communications for MGM Resorts International, in a statement to Fox 5. “Safety is our highest priority, and the drive in question is closed until further notice as this incident is being investigated.”

Each of the four people in the car on the El Loco reportedly reached a speed of 45 km per hour during the 72-second ride.
(MGM Resorts International)

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The El Loco Roller Coaster, which originally opened in Circus Circus in February 2014, was described as more of an adult ride on his debut, in contrast to the rest of the Adventuredome to the child-friendly attractions. Each of the four people in the car allegedly reached a speed of 45 km per hour during the 72-second ride, and performed 90-degree drops, “donut rolls” and 180-degree turns.

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