Mall of America log chute ride reopens after malfunction

  • Updated: November 15, 2007 - 2:35 PM

The popular Paul Bunyan Log Chute at the Mall of America amusement park reopened this afternoon, 11 days after a malfunction shut it down.

The popular Paul Bunyan Log Chute at the Mall of America amusement park reopened this afternoon, 11 days after a malfunction shut it down.

Also, back in operation today is the Ripsaw Roller Coaster, which was closed for several weeks while new pilings were installed, said mall spokesman Dan Jasper.

Riders were escorted off the log chute on Nov. 4 after a boat slipped on a conveyor belt and two cars bumped into each other.

None of the 29 riders in boats was seriously injured. The mall reported that one adult requested an ice pack for a stiff neck or back, declining further medical attention.

The chute, in which customers sit inside a hollowed-out log and travel waterways through a man-made mountain with animated figures and drop down a 40-foot incline, is among the most popular at the seven-acre indoor park at the Bloomington mall.

The log chute passed final testing and rides resumed early this afternoon, Jasper said.

PAUL WALSH

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