10 Worst Amusement Park Accidents

Friday, July 29, 2011 12:35 AM

CoasterDemon said:
Or the time the guy stood up on the Beast and got his head cut off in the tunnel...

Or the time that the girl with long hair was scalped when it got caught in the Power Tower as it was falling?

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Friday, July 29, 2011 9:05 AM

Now you guys are just getting silly.

Where are the Cincinnati folks? Nobody has mentioned The Bat yet.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Friday, July 29, 2011 5:06 PM

^Getting silly?!

Other than tearing itself apart and being closed most of the time, I don't recall a Bat accident. Do tell!

edit - the legend of the guy getting decapitated going into the Beast's tunnel used to be pretty alive with the GP. Perhaps it's dwindled in popularity?

Last edited by CoasterDemon, Friday, July 29, 2011 5:08 PM
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Friday, July 29, 2011 6:21 PM

I was doing an interview the other day for NPR, and the producer asked me what would motivate someone to do that ride accident site. I said I have no clue. Accident data without the context of how rare they are is a bit disingenuous in terms of the reporting.

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Friday, July 29, 2011 8:49 PM

<public_radio_geek>I'm gonna guess that interview was for PRI aka PRX, not NPR, Jeff. Just a slightly educated guess.</public_radio_geek> :)

About that accident on The Bat, where the car swung out too far and crashed into a tree, killing some insane number of people...everybody in Cincinnati has a friend whose friend's third-uncle's second cousin's best friend was at the park when it happened. Which is particularly interesting because it *didn't* happen. Ever. The first ride fatality at Kings Island was the intoxicated woman who got dumped out of the Flight Commander...and that is assuming her death was caused by the fall and not by the alcohol poisoning.

Okay, so it wasn't alcohol poisoning, it was the fall. But speculation by the investigators was that she lost consciousness on the ride.

As for rideaccidents.com...it is a weird site. Not the least weird thing about it is that it is exactly what it claims to be: a compendium of accident news stories. As such, it deliberately lacks an editorial voice. That it appears to lack an actual agenda is somewhat surprising.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Friday, July 29, 2011 9:04 PM

What about the Fujin Raijin II accident at Expoland in Osaka, a few years back. Years of ignored service by the park, and a few sheared bolts resulted in the death of a young woman, when her head hit a metal post near the walkway lining the ride. Sad stuff.

To me, this person clearly does not understand the definition of worst.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011 1:09 AM

You're splitting hairs, Dave... it airs primarily on NPR affiliates.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011 11:50 PM

There was a death involving Kings Island's Eiffel Tower that happened years before the Flight Commander death. It's not what you'd call a ride related death, but it is worth noting. One way or another, a teenager enjoying a "grad night" event entered a restricted area of the tower and either fell to his death or had a nasty encounter with the tower's elevator, cables and/or counter-weight. The details are sketchy and you'll read all sorts of variations about "what really happened" on the internet.

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