Busch Gardens removes beams after guest injured on Iron Gwazi

New attraction opens March 11

Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (McReynolds)

TAMPA, Fla. – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has made some modifications to its high-speed Iron Gwazi roller coaster after a guest reported a minor injury.

In a statement, the theme park said the guest reported hitting his hand on a beam while riding the roller coaster.

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“The safety of our guests is our highest priority and all of our rides are designed and installed according to all applicable standards, manufacturer specifications and include specific ride restrictions for the safety of our guests,” the theme park said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, the morning after this situation, crews removed two beams from the area where the guest reported this situation occurred. We took the precautionary step to remove them as part of our commitment to the health and safety of our guests.”

The guest, according to the theme park, refused any medical treatment.

Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offers incredible heights, high-speed thrills and heart-pumping moments that you won’t find anywhere else in the Sunshine State. The new attraction is opening to the public officially on March 11 and will be the tallest hybrid coaster in North America.

Iron Gwazi will be the 10th roller coaster to join Busch Gardens’ lineup of highly rated roller coasters and thrill rides.

Last month, SeaWorld Orlando updated its height requirement for its Ice Breaker coaster out of abundance of caution.

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Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.