Passengers stranded as lightning strike halts roller coaster near summit

TOKYO, Sep 19 (News On Japan) - The 'Steel Dragon 2000' roller coaster at Nagashima Spa Land in Mie Prefecture, carrying 23 passengers, made an emergency stop on Monday due to a possible power outage caused by lightning.

According to the theme park operators, at around 11:50 AM on September 18, a power outage occurred within the park, sparking emergency stops on some rides.

'Steel Dragon 2000' was stranded for approximately 10 minutes near the summit with 23 passengers on board.

After power was restored, the coaster returned to the station under its own power, with no injuries to passengers.

The atmosphere was unstable at the time, with investigations focusing on the possibility of a lightning-related power outage as the cause.