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Worker Hurt During Roller Coaster Testing

ELYSBURG — A worker at Knoebels Amusement Resort was hurt when he was hit by a roller coaster Thursday morning. According to Knoebels, the worker was hit ...

ELYSBURG -- A worker at Knoebels Amusement Resort was hurt when he was hit by a roller coaster Thursday morning.

According to Knoebels, the worker was hit by the Impulse roller coaster during testing.

Knoebels has not released the name, but he was taken to a hospital to be treated for cuts on his head and hand.

A spokesperson for Knoebels says the longtime employee was standing near the coaster, in an area which is not accessible to the public but no one knew he was standing there.

The employee was part of the crew testing the new Impulse roller coaster, getting it ready for opening day next month, but a spokesperson for Knoebels says no one knew the employee was standing in that spot.

Officials with the resort said the worker has a broken hand and staples in his head. A CAT scan did not reveal any issues.

"The area that he was in is not accessible by visitors, so this will not affect the safety of the ride. The areas of the ride that will be accessible by visitors have a certain clearance," said Knoebels spokesperson Stacy Ososkie.

Testing on Impulse has been shut down until the safety procedures can be evaluated.

The incident is still under investigation to figure out how fast the roller coaster was going.

Officials at Knoebels said the Impulse coaster features 2,000 feet of track, a 98-foot high lift hill, a 90-degree free fall drop, several inversions, and speeds over 55 miles per hour.