I have a feeling that its not that the accident rate has increased (well it has a little), its just that with the internet and increased media attention, all of these occurances are much more visible now.
*** This post was edited by ravenguy98 on 6/25/2001. ***
Yeah, I agree ravenguy98 -- a couple of bad incidents (Goliath comes to mind) and the media crawls all over amusement parks and coasters. There really has been a lot of attention since the coasters are bigger/faster if they're really safe.
If any of you think that it is only this month that has seen accidents in high numbers, your wrong. Check out the Rides911 page and you'll realise that accidents AND minor incidents/inconveniences happen nealry ever week, sometimes every day. They just arnt brought into attention. If we wernt obsessed with coaster "accidents" this month, then NONE of us would probably know about the corkscrew incident, and probably never would!
Grant, the triple loop means it goes in 3 circles, so it's a triple out & back. They do word it bad though. I had to think about what i meant. I didn't think they would screw it up that bad when they even quote someone saying it has 2 corkscrews.
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I was at the park at the time, and saw the train on the section of track between the corkscrews, and at first thought that it had just stuck there.
But I spoke to a ride op, and he said that the train had partially derailed; though it looked OK so maybe just one wheel had come off. This activated the emergency brakes and the coaster initially stopped upside down in the middle of the second corkscrew! The train had to be dragged backwards to the (relatively) flat section so the riders could be taken off.
No-one was hurt, and the only reason it made the news is because of last weeks accident at Lightwater Valley. I just hope AT finally remove the Corkscrew now and put up something decent!
Jmstuckman, all rollercoasters are run be computers and the inventores had to think of a way to stop the ride if anything went wrong. If the train is going through some technical diffuculties or something, then the computers stop the ride where it was when the difficulties started. This can be very painful flying through a loop at 65mph and then have the ride just fly to a dead stop. WHIPLASH! I've never heard of an emergency brake, but i have heard of the comps stopping the train.
If the rides computer system discovers an inaccurancy during the flat section between the 2 corkscrews, if there is a trim/emergency break there (which i'm sure there is), then it could activate it as the train started to go into the inversion, thus stopping the ride in mid-inversion. I believe that's what he's trying to say.