August 31, 2003, 9:46A

StarCoasters

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030831/APN/308310522

An employee testing the skycoaster at Wet N' Wild Emerald Pointe in Greensboro, NC was critically injured yesterday when he struck the load cart, which had not been completely moved out of the way when he began his swing.

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Jonathan Hawkins
Starcoasters.com | ThrillSpot
Carowinds Connection - Unofficial Carowinds Site

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August 31, 2003, 2:43P

Legend_n_Raven

Yikes...I hate to say it, but I don't see how you could hit the cart and live.

I hope I'm 100% wrong.

--Ryan

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August 31, 2003, 6:14P

Intamin Fan

I wish I could read the article, but your link doesn't work correctly. It goes to the newspaper's website, but it says there's an error. I work on a Skycoaster at SFA that has a rolling cart, as opposed to the scissors lift. The cable will not pull someone up unless a certain part of the cart makes contact with a proximity sensor. There's also a rod that locks the cart off.
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August 31, 2003, 6:24P

Legend_n_Raven

Here's the link.

--Ryan

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August 31, 2003, 6:46P

Intamin Fan

Thanks for the corrected link. I don't know how much a proximity sensor costs, but I thought it was standard issue on a Skycoaster of this type. If not, it should be. I assume he was a site-controller, who at my park are the ones who test the ride out everyday. Wow, I don't even want to think about what his injuries are.
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September 1, 2003, 3:49P

SnailSorrenson

I work at the Skycoaster at PKI (which by the way, is the older lattice arch/scissors lift version) and I know for a fact that while the ride is running (riders are being winched up to the top) the rides crew goes as far as to kill the power to the lift cart just in case it were to somehow accidently go up. I always discounted something like this from ever happening... too many failsafes. This accident is truly sad and troubling.
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September 1, 2003, 4:08P

CoasterHungry4Life


Legend_n_Raven said:
--Ryan

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You can't like men, because I do!


I'm troubled, what happened? What has our world come to? If a Skycoaster can't be safe then what can? I think I need some private time to cry.

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Up with Arrow

Down with Togo

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September 2, 2003, 7:05A

kpjb

kpjb's avatar The really bad thing about this is that it is not the first time that this has happened. People have hit in to the loading platform on a Skycoaster at least once before.

It's an easily avoidable injury, it's a shame that it has happened again.

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