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Inspectors visit Kennywood after several ride issues

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — Channel 11 continues to investigate issues at Kennywood.

On Saturday, the Phantom's Revenge ride stopped for three minutes because the ride's safety system forced a stoppage, according to officials.

This happened just days after the brakes failed on the Pirate Ship ride and issues arose with the track on the new Thomas the Train ride.

On Monday, the Department of Agriculture had inspectors visit Kennywood after Channel 11 contacted them following issues on the Thomas the Train ride and the Pirate Ship last week.

The "Journey with Thomas" ride remains closed after derailing twice last week and a large section of the track will need to be repaired or possibly replaced before the much-publicized ride reopens.

No date has been given when the ride will reopen.

Kennywood general manager Jerome Gibas released the following statement:

"Safety is our top priority here at Kennywood, and it is important to note that no Guests or Team Members were injured during last week's issues. While we are working to get the Journey with Thomas ride reopened as quickly as possible , we continue to operate with an abundance of caution and will take the time needed to ensure that we reach a lasting solution…"


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