www.amusementsafety.org/safety_news_07.htm *** Edited 8/20/2007 5:39:37 AM UTC by Gorman***
Any other website besides that one? I don't want to give the ASO any of my attention whatsoever.
Sad. That's all i can say on this one.
It's not like this was a kid who didn't know any better. I say nominate him for the darwin awards.
And it only takes one minute of 'idiot' behavior to keep you dead from that point on. At an amusement park, in a parking lot, anywhere else.
So yeah. I'll call it sad for everybody.
Obviously, the kid couldn't drive, but in Baltimore City, it's highly likely that the young man who ran across 395 going out of the city didn't drive a car and therefore was incableable of figuring out how fast I was accelerating.
Look at how many people get hit by trains every year either in motor vehicles or on foot thinking they can beat the train.
I don't know what it's going to take for people to respect the "Authorized Personnel Only" area signs, but you're hat/wallet/keys--whatever are not worth your life due to bad judgement.
Once when I was operating a Boomerang roller coaster, I E-Stoped the ride because of a kid jumping in to get a basketball! While nobody got hurt, that could have been a serious problem. I couldn't even imagine what it would have been like if the kid had gotten struck by the train.
For some reason, people don't always realize that fences are there for a reason. In my opinion, the fences on that particular boomerang are still too low, but the ride may be removed by next year anyway. I think they did eventually add signs to the fence to remind people not to jump in.
EDIT: When I E-stopped the ride, the train ended up resting the the brakes between the loop and lift 2. I don't think maintenance was too happy with me, but it didn't matter because I did what I did for safety.
*** Edited 8/20/2007 8:58:49 PM UTC by Avalanche Sam***
And though all the accidents such as this are avoidable, I have sympath for kids. Because sometimes they just don't know any better. But when it happens to a grown man, I just have to shake my head. I feel sorry for everyone but that person. Witnesses, family, etc. it's been in the Podcast time and time again, "How much responsibility does the industry have to protect people from their own stupidity?"
This EXACT same incident happened at (Paramount's) Great America in 1999.
A man jumped a chainlink fence to a restricted area beneath Top Gun The Jet Coaster to retreive a lost hat and was struck in the head by a rider's foot in a passing train overhead.
By kid I mean someone that appeared to be a teenager.
And I don't know if the ride would have hit the kid, but hitting the E-stop was just common sense.
I did what I needed to do, and the kid hopefully learned a lesson.
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