ORLANDO, Fla. -

Firefighters on Wednesday rescued 12 riders, including a child, who were stuck in a vertical position atop a roller coaster at Universal Orlando for more than two hours, officials said.

The Orlando Fire Department said it received a call around 7 p.m. that the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit was stuck with several people on board.

WKMG-TV reports crews worked for a couple of hours assessing the situation, and just after 9 p.m., firefighters started using harnesses and ropes or cables to rescue the passengers perched atop the ride, which stands 167 feet tall.

The passengers were removed one at a time, and one of the riders was taken to a nearby hospital after complaining of neck pain, Universal Orlando spokesman Tom Shroeder said.

Universal said the ride shut down automatically, but the cause of the malfunction was not immediately known.  The ride has been closed but may reopen Thursday, depending on what's discovered by technicians, Shroeder said.

During the incident, Shroeder said the park was doing "everything (it) can to make the guests comfortable."

WKMG-TV's news helicopter Sky 6 flew over the scene, showing the ride stuck with the cars in the vertical position at the top of the track.

According to Universal's website, Rip Ride Rockit reaches top speeds of 65 mph and towers 17 stories over the theme park.

An investigation will be launched into the incident.

Universal initially said there 10 passengers on the ride.

Pics: Sky 6 flies over riders stuck on rollercoaster

Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:38:23 AM EST   Updated On: Oct 09 2013 10:35:32 PM EDT

Firefighters rescued 12 riders, including a child, who were stuck in a vertical position atop a roller coaster at Universal Orlando for more than two hours, officials said.

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