ANAHEIM Firefighters removed two-dozen people from a rollercoaster at California Adventure after a backpack fell onto the track and stopped the ride Friday afternoon, Disney officials said.
A backpack fell out of a "ride vehicle" on the California Screamin' rollercoaster about 6:30 p.m., landing on the track and causing the other vehicles to automatically stop, Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown said.No injuries or collisions were reported.
About 24 people in one of the vehicles were stuck on the track. It took about an hour for firefighters to remove them one at a time by ladder, Brown said.
About 20 fire officials responded, including members of the Anaheim Fire Department's urban search and rescue team and paramedics stationed at California Adventure.
Rescuers used a ground ladder to reach the riders, who were no more than 20 feet up at the bottom of a loop on the coaster, Anaheim Fire Marshal Jeff Lutz said. The backpack was removed from the track.
Disney officials plan to close the ride for the remainder of Friday night.
"Our protocol is to do a full inspection before reopening it," Brown said.
The California Screamin' attraction covers about 1 1/8 miles with big drops and a loop. The ride debuted at the opening of the California Adventure theme park in 2001. In 200