Circus Circus roller coaster closes after woman falls from ride

A thrill-seeker in Las Vegas ended up in the hospital after falling from a rollercoaster 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 amusement park when the incident occurred, authorities say. The ride was subsequently issued a “prohibited use” notice by the Clark County Building and Fire Prevention department.

The El Loco attraction remained closed as of Wednesday.

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The extent of the woman’s injuries, or details as to how she fell from the ride, were not disclosed.

“Clark County Building and Fire Prevention was notified of an incident shortly after it happened involving a woman who fell out of the El Loco Roller Coaster Monday afternoon," said Erik Pappa, a spokesperson for Clark County, in a statement obtained by Las Vegas Now. "County Building staff was promptly dispatched to the scene. A Prohibited Use Notice was issued and the ride remains closed for public use and may only be operated for inspection and testing as part of the investigation. Our thoughts are with the woman who was injured and her family and friends during this difficult time.”

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

“We are incredibly saddened 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 provided to Fox News. "Safety is our top priority, and the ride in question is closed until further notice as this incident is investigated."

Each four-person car on the El Loco reportedly reaches speeds of 45 miles per hour during the 72-second ride.

Each four-person car on the El Loco reportedly reaches speeds of 45 miles per hour during the 72-second ride. (MGM Resorts International)

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The El Loco Roller Coaster, which originally opened at Circus Circus in February 2014, was described as more of an adult-themed ride upon its debut, in contrast to the rest of the Adventuredome’s kid-friendly attractions. Each four-person car reportedly reaches speeds of 45 miles per hour during the 72-second ride, and performed 90-degree drops, “doughnut rolls” and 180-degree turns.