Another death at Six flags park 2nd in 2 days

Monday, May 27, 2002 5:16 PM

Another person has died this time a mentally challenged individual got out of his restraint and fell to his death. Will submit to news also.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020528/ap_wo_en_ge/us_six_flags_death_3

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Monday, May 27, 2002 5:25 PM
This is a bad coincidence (spelling?) for Six Flags. At least it wasnt like 2 Batman The Rides killing someone.

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Monday, May 27, 2002 5:31 PM
Sounds like a tough judgement call for a ride-op. What can you do when one of your guests is trying to get out from the top of the attraction? The car can't come down instantaniously from a saftey stop.

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Monday, May 27, 2002 5:36 PM

....wow....this one sounds pretty similar to the PGA drop ride incident a tear or two ago...not sure if that kid was physically- or mentally-challenged or both, but here we go again....

condolences to everyone involved....like Zero-G said, no quick way down from an E-stop either....

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Monday, May 27, 2002 5:53 PM

This really sucks. SFEG had a near perfect record with guest injuries until now. The only other death that has occured at this location was on the Sidewinder when the launching cart forced a ride op to jump off the track and she fell to her death. For SF this truly sucks, but it just shows that most injuries or deaths are rider/operator malfunction.

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Monday, May 27, 2002 5:54 PM

Yahoo news says: "He was killed on a ride called the "Rainbow" in which passengers sit in bench-like seats on a platform that moves up and down in a circular motion"

Can someone tell me if this is the same ride that The Great Escape has? because it sounds exactly the same and actually has the same name, but doesnt have seatbelts.

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Monday, May 27, 2002 6:13 PM

It is a platform attatched to one end of a long beam or pole so to speak. The "beam" rotates in a circular motion, but the platform always stays flat. There are benches on it that hold two people each. Here is a pic, it better explains it:

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/den/news/stories/news-148204220020527-180506.html

or

http://9news.com/storyfull.asp?id=3249

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Monday, May 27, 2002 6:33 PM
in 1997 at the Illinois state fair....a mentally Ill girl wiggled herself out of the restraints on the Kamakazi (sp?) flat ride....nd there is also a cage in the sides...but the slats were just spaced enough for her to climb out those too....and she fell out....and the other car (they dual while flipping upside down) swung down and hit her....very sad. same goes for the sfog accident.
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Monday, May 27, 2002 6:46 PM
RubberDucky, thanks! that is the exact same ride that The Great Escape in Lake George, NY has. It hasnt operated in over a season and is still somewhat disassembled, but was being put back together. I really hope this accident doesnt stop it from being reopened

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Monday, May 27, 2002 6:57 PM
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Monday, May 27, 2002 7:03 PM

He must have wanted to harm himself, there are rails on the way around it expect in two open spots i believe. So unless the jolt from when the ride op stopped the ride forced him off, he must have intended to jump. This is really not good. I feel bad for the family, but it just goes to show you that most accidents are rider malfunction.

I wonder if they will put new restraints of some sort on the ride. Only time can tell.

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Monday, May 27, 2002 7:03 PM
yes, it was a Huss Rainbow ride. If you have ridden one of these, you know that there is a seatbelt that you fasten, and then there are two bars that come down from either side. Not like I have tried it or anything, but it would not be hard to get out of them. Not a good time for SF parks.

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Monday, May 27, 2002 7:11 PM

Mustang - the Rainbow at Great Escape does not have a seatbelt. only the two bars that come down from the sides. ill find my pictures of it and scan them tommorow.

EDIT: here's a pic of it that i took on April 24th when I got my pass processed and it was still dismantled. You can see the seats, but its kind of hard to see that there isnt a seatbelt. Im sure i have an upclose picture somewhere though.
http://home.nycap.rr.com/greese1/images/Apr24_08.JPG

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*** This post was edited by CalvinJ23 on 5/27/2002. ***

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Monday, May 27, 2002 7:30 PM
rollergator said:

"....wow....this one sounds pretty similar to the PGA drop ride incident a tear or two ago...not sure if that kid was physically- or mentally-challenged or both, but here we go again.... "

Yes, that person was mentally challanged too. Which raises the question, is it safe/appropriate to put certain mentally challanged folks on a ride if they could harm themselves? There could never be any hard set rules on who could or could not ride, so that would be a very tough issue.

The issue is not the restraint. No matter what the engineers cook up, determined people can often figure a way out. Like the stand up at Kings dominion, or Drop Zone at PGA.

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*** This post was edited by Peabody on 5/27/2002. ***

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Monday, May 27, 2002 7:55 PM

News...

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