Posted Monday, July 19, 2004 9:19 AM | Contributed by supermandl
On July 24, 1930 at Krug Park in Omaha, a bolt worked loose causing a crash of the park's roller coaster. Four were killed and 17 were injured. The accident led the city council to place a ban on roller coasters. Ten years later, the park closed.
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Good thing this didn't happen in Sandusky Ohio. :)
I haven't heard or read anything about it since that. :(
Which is really too bad, because with over 20 million people within an eight hour drive, a centrally located regional resort-park could/would do very well here. Although to draw upon those numbers, the park would have to be more than just a Wild Escape.
I hope something else comes along the way to satisfy a ripe Omaha market. (Preferably IN Nebraska, along I-80 in West Omaha. ;))
"OlympicParkFan - the entire park was torn down in 1940."
I read that part, but I didn't read anything about what occurred with the ride after the accident. Was it permanently closed? Did they reopen it after the accident? Did they tear it down ? I don't believe the article mentioned anything about this but perhaps I overlooked it. After all the accident occurred several years before the demise of the park.
Do you have any further information that might explain what occured with the ride (other than the town outlawing roller coasters)?
Since I like the history of these things maybe you can supply some??*** This post was edited by OlympicParkFan 7/19/2004 6:49:51 PM ***
I found out that the Giant Coaster at Krug Park was taken down in 1931. I have also found out that Omaha Ne had a roller coaster operating in 1953 at Playland. It must have been outside the city limits.
Mamoosh- Steve Minard still has the domain wildescapepark.com registered, there was an article in a free local paper here (no website) last month that said he is "still moving forward with plans" but about a year ago the Council Bluff's city council basically ended any hope for the project when Minard couldn't prove he had has finances in line for the park by a set deadline. Also the proposed park was originally in city limits and to have been part of the river front redevelopment here which would go against that law.
Olympic Fan- Not sure about Playland, but up until about 1993 their was a park in Omaha called Peony Park with a Galaxy coaster opperating once again which would go against a ban on coasters.
The Mindbender accident was gory, but there were fewer casualties than Omaha. On the Mindbender, the rear car derailed and wedged between the track and concrete pilar at the base of the third loop, killing three and paralyzing one. The other 6 cars in the train were virtually undamaged. Those riders suffered minor injuries and serious emotional trauma.
On the plus side, the Mindbender is now one of the safest operating coasters, with best-available-technology wheel design, frequent inspections, and a redesigned restraint system that includes seat belts, lap bars and shoulder restraints. (It originally operated with only a lap bar.)
However, I've heard rumors that Mindbenders days may be numbered. The track must be x-rayed and inspected in detail before 2006, and because of the method of construction, this may require taking apart many sections of track. (A friend of mine works for an engineering company bidding on the work.) The cost of the analysis may be prohibitively expensive.
Was that tractor thing a joke? Agriculture surrounds the area of Omaha, not in it. Might as well ban cars since there are more accidents with them than anything.
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