Austrailian fair ride collapses

Posted Sunday, September 3, 2000 8:28 PM | Contributed by MF310

At an Austrailian fair a ride similar to the Texas Twister at SFO callapsed yesterday [presumably a Top Spin]. There where 28 people on the ride when a bolt unhooked and both sides came tumbling down. 14 people where injured and two are in serious condition. The other 12 just have a few scratches.

[Read more on CNN.]

Monday, September 4, 2000 5:57 AM
Too bad for the riders,thats why i dont ride carnival rides.i like permanent fixures.
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Monday, September 4, 2000 7:27 AM
I hate carnival rides to. I always feel unsafe, i'll also stick to permanent fixtures!
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Monday, September 4, 2000 12:33 PM
I saw a bolt fly from a Round-Up once and then the ride halted mid-air, stranding people once. Hmm, let' stick to regular parks.

Plus, the ops are usually grizzly drunk hippies.

Say all you want about Six Flags Ohio's stacking, I would rather take stackinig than grizzly drunk hippies any day.
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Monday, September 4, 2000 4:42 PM
I agree with Mongoose 110%. I only trust a carnie as far as I can throw em, and most of them are pretty hefty.

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Monday, September 4, 2000 6:18 PM
The article didn't specify it was a Huss Topspin. I know a couple of different companies make similar rides including Zamperla. One carnival operator was recently quoted as saying that carnival rides are safer than fixed rides because they're taken apart and put back together, while fixed rides aren't inspected as much. I think that's a pretty bad argument.
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Monday, September 4, 2000 8:12 PM
I would have to agree. I would think that taking a ride apart repeatedly would put much more wear and tear on a ride than one that is put together and left up for the entire summer.

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Monday, September 4, 2000 8:48 PM
Why do I hear that Britney Spear's song when I read this thread?

"Oops...I did it again."

Dustijn
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Tuesday, September 5, 2000 11:13 AM
This sucks, I'm not going to the Tioga county fair next year I'm paranoid! Plus those people probably don't take care of those parts that go on and off.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2000 1:23 PM
I can't read so I don't know what this article is about. Please send someone to read it aloud to me. My address is 739 E. Illiterate Road. It's somewhere in New Jersey. I can't read the city sign. I was told where my street is by a sarcastic comic book shop keeper. Any chance you get to browse through a map of New Jersey and find me on it would be helpful. What is this site about anyway?
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Tuesday, September 5, 2000 3:17 PM
Hey nerd how do you know what keys you just punched? Also you live in Allentown. A little town that has a kiddie coaster known as Steel Force.

Dustijn LOL!

TAER 'em down!
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Sunday, September 10, 2000 3:54 PM
The ride was a Far Fabbri Space Loop. Very close in terms of the Huss topspin design, but with 2 rows of seats back to back.
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