Big One crash at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (UPDATED)

Posted Thursday, August 31, 2000 6:16 PM | Contributed by 2Hostyl

BBC reports an accident at Blackpool Pleasure Beach where 14 people are injured on the Arrow-made Pepsi Max: The Big One.

The full story can be seen on the BBC site.

[Ed. note: The story originally reported that 23 people were injured. I guess it shows you that it's not just the American media who tends to exaggerrate things. -Jeff]

Thursday, August 31, 2000 6:22 PM
The Biggest in the world! Ya right! This is a pretty serious accident, but not one to really question the saftey of coasters. I hate to hear these things.
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Thursday, August 31, 2000 8:05 PM
The BBC was rather sensationalistic, I think. Not a whole lot of fact checking there. I'm interested to see what the real story is tomorrow.

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Thursday, August 31, 2000 10:33 PM
Sounds like a stations brake failure. :)

All joking aside, I hope everyone is okay.

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Thursday, August 31, 2000 11:57 PM
They stated it as one of the tallest, not THE tallest FYI. Still, I really hope no one was seriously injured. :(

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Friday, September 1, 2000 3:52 AM
WHY DO THESE THINGS HAVE TO HAPPEN!! By the way, I cringe at the three words Station Brakes Failure. They like look at me and laugh in my face!!!

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DOWN WITH TRIM BRAKES!
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Friday, September 1, 2000 5:24 AM
This already happened on the same ride a few years ago...

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Friday, September 1, 2000 6:07 AM
HMMMMMMMM...............MY POOR ARROW AND ITS RIDERS. I WONDER IF THIS IS A CURSE FOR THE NEW RCT ADD-ON!! (THERE IS A BLACKPOOL SCENARIO, COMPLETE WITH BIG ONE-ISH TRAINS!!!!) :(
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Friday, September 1, 2000 6:53 AM
It didn't say that it WAS the tallest, it said that it was one of the tallest. There's a difference.
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Friday, September 1, 2000 12:06 PM
This is truly unfortunate. Not only is this bad for the people that were injured and the park itself, it'll only fuel our government's desire to put those regulations into effect they've been trying so hard to get. I hope no one was seriously injured, but I know this will not help people's faith in coasters. Peace. :(
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Friday, September 1, 2000 5:18 PM
It sounds like the coaster may not be working for a while, unless they have another train. It seems like the UK is having the same safety problems that America had last summer.
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Friday, September 1, 2000 9:57 PM
The scary part is if rollercoaster accidents continue than the government will probably create a Federal agency kind of like the FDA. There are so many coasters in this country that an agency like this would have a full time job.

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Sunday, September 3, 2000 7:21 PM
The same accident happened on the same ride in 1994 except that twenty three people were injured.
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Monday, September 4, 2000 6:04 AM
always hate to here about accidents,they give coasters a bad rep.
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Monday, September 4, 2000 7:55 AM


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syntaxAP

BBC only said there was 24 people on one of there reports on the day it happend and later on in the day changed it to 14

on news 24 anyway

bpb going downhill on safty standards aint it?!
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Wednesday, September 13, 2000 3:25 AM
Lukely no-one died.
This failure of the brakes, who is responsible in this case: Arrow, or Blackpool?
About coaster safety, I presume there are several regulations, are they country depended? Anyone knows?
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Saturday, January 6, 2001 3:24 AM
This was not a brake failure, but a sensor failsure.
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Friday, July 20, 2001 9:20 AM
I have been hearing rumors of Blackpool Pleasure Beach maybee getting ride of Pepsi Max Big One in place for a 300 foot giga coaster anyone else agree?

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