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Man reportedly loses sight after roller coaster ride

A man is recovering from an eye injury he apparently received while riding a popular ride at a Florida theme park.

A man riding a popular roller coaster is recovering from an eye injury that resulted in the ride being shut down.

Carlos Montalvo rode the Dragon Challenge at Universal's Islands of Adventure and says when it was over, his eye and face were bloody.

Montalvo told WESH 2 News by phone from his hospital bed at Orlando Regional Medical center that he has permanently lost vision in his right eye, the eye that was injured Sunday.

Montalvo was on the ride with his wife Sunday. They were vacationing from Puerto Rico.

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Montalvo said something hit him in the face as the coaster moved along, and he was in pain and bloodied.

Universal said it is doing everything it can to assist the Montalvos.

"We spent hours after the incident thoroughly inspecting and re-inspecting the ride, the ride vehicles, the tracks and the area underneath the tracks. We found absolutely nothing that could have contributed to this incident," said Universal spokesman Tom Schroder.

Schroder said Universal believes the dual coasters are safe. They re-opened Monday afternoon.

Montalvo will likely remain in the hospital another night.

His local attorney, Clay Mitchell of Morgan and Morgan, will be speaking with Montalvo Wednesday.

Montalvo spoke to WESH 2's Talitha Vickers Tuesday night and said the whole ordeal has been a nightmare and he is in a lot of pain.

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This story originally appeared on wesh.com. WESH is the NBC News affiliate in Orlando.