Another Six Flags accident

Sunday, June 9, 2002 11:41 AM
MSNBC is currently reporting another accident. Details are not released yet. Apparently a 4 year old girl has fallen from a ride at SFMW and is in critical condition. Wow the seasons only begun. We can only hope this was not a ride failure or operator error.

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*** This post was edited by coasterrod on 6/9/2002. ***

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 11:59 AM
And hope that she didn't die or anything.
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Sunday, June 9, 2002 12:00 PM
Not good. Hope she makes it.

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 12:06 PM

The ride was the Starfish. Article can be found here:

http://www.vallejonews.com/articles/index.cfm?artOID=19297&webpage=79

Note: the first bit of the article is about the recent event, and the second bit about the accident on it a year ago that a woman has just sued over.

*** This post was edited by RCForeman on 6/9/2002. ***

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 12:19 PM
This is a Chance "Wipeout", by the way: trabant on steroids.
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Sunday, June 9, 2002 1:10 PM
Uhm. Isn't this the SECOND incident on the SFMW Wipeout ride? I remembered it happened last season or two seasons ago and Knott's closed theirs down just for safety precautions until they figured out what went wrong with the SFMW one...

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 1:53 PM
RCForeman Thanks for the link I couldn't find anything futher when searching earlier.
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Sunday, June 9, 2002 5:46 PM
They just reopened the ride! Oh no it is defently doomed now, I bet she was too small and or a single rider.

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 5:48 PM
Nope, she was above the minimum height restrictions and riding with her mother.

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 8:24 PM

After reading the article, one of the readers responding to the story brought up a valid point. If you have 2 people of different "girths" riding it, only the bigger person would be fully, and safely, restrained by the lapbar. I have run into this problem myself as I am a bit on the heavy side. As much as I hate to have restraints modified, I think that perhaps those rides where multiple riders share a single lapbar, those restraints should be modified to have a seperate lapbar for each rider. This would make for a more secure ride.

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