NBC, msnbc.com and news services
updated 10/8/2010 3:33:13 AM ET 2010-10-08T07:33:13

Ten people were hospitalized Thursday after a rollercoaster accident at a California theme park.

Two rollercoaster cars collided in the station where park guests board the Pony Express at Knott's Berry Farm in Orange County, Fire Authority Capt. Greg McKeown said.

Nine people on the cars and one person who was waiting nearby were injured.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the victims ranged in age from 12 to 60. They suffered minor back and neck injuries, the paper said.

Knott's Berry Farm spokeswoman Jennifer Blazey said the incident occurred at around 8 p.m.

She told the newspaper that the Pony Express "opened in 2008 and has never had any problems."

Blazey confirmed that an investigation had been launched into the accident's cause.

The theme park's website describes the ride as having "riders leave their post with their steed launching them at a speed of 0-38 mph in less than three seconds."

The Associated Press, msnbc.com staff and NBC News contributed to this report.


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