B&M Batman safety record

Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:27 AM
I received an email today from a reporter located near the just-announced Batman: Dark Knight ride. She is requesting information regarding the safety record of other Batman rides. She is aware the rides are different, but is still interested in any information. I have no clue where to look this up - anyone have an idea? I don't recall hearing anything about accidents, but some hard facts would be good.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:33 AM
Not just Batman, but I don't believe any B&M coaster has had an accident.  Intamin, Arrow, Vekoma, Togo, etc....all the other big guys have had some kind of incident.

Can anyone recall a genuine accident on a B&M? (Not Chang's chain brake, or being stopped at a block brake)

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:42 AM
What you should do is explain to her that the rides are different, and don't really have anything to do with eachother except for the name.  You should then explain to her that you, or no webmaster period is qualified to answer her questions.  You should then tell her ask Six Flags directly, or B&M directly. 
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:46 AM
Gosh, this really bothers me.  First, this reporter is willing to write a story on coaster safety based on what a casual webmaster tells her (no offense to all you casual web masters.)  Second, not all Batmen are the same.  The one at SFM is a Vekoma SLC, 2 are floorless rides, and one, if you count it, is a Vekoma Flying Dutchman.  Such awful journalism is just appaling to me. 
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:46 AM
Good suggestion, Ravenguy.

For my own curiosity though, has any B&M ever had a "real" accident. (like I mentioned above)

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 8:48 AM
Not that I can think of, Peabody. 
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Idle hands were orient to her.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:03 AM
didn't Chang roll back a while ago?
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:25 AM
I did say I was looking for "hard facts". I would not tell the reporter anything else. This is why I asked you guys if you knew of any, such as reports or articles. She did specify B&M Batman rides, obviously other companies' rides would have no relation to the question at hand.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:34 AM
Regardless, the reporter should go to SF or B&M directly.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:43 AM
I don't disagree, but I get a lot of these emails and if I can help out, I do.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:46 AM

SFFT had their Superman valley in the cobra roll.  The cause was bad weather conditions.  Strong wind gusts slowed in down.  Then there was the Hulk rollback in the last couple of months.

Coasterman Mike

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:54 AM
I think you also have to look at this from an ethical point.  Your website is awesome, and I can understand why someone would want to get info from you, but you really aren't in any position to give out any kind of facts like that.  The only people that should be doing that would either be a PR person from B&M or Six Flags.  Journalists that go to unofficial sources have a name....tabloid!

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 9:57 AM
I wouldn't exactly call rollbacks or valleys a safety concern, unless there was a collision, serious damage to property, or injuries.  Those are inevitable aspects of operating a coaster.  They can and will happen on nearly every coaster.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 10:04 AM
Eurostar was designed by B&M while they still worked for Intamin.  The final brakes failed and the one train crashed into the one in the station causing whiplash injuries and all of the ront row riders in the moving train to get broken legs.
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SAVE INVADER ZIM!
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 10:16 AM
I've never heard of any accidents with BKF, except with clutzy employees.... if that counts.
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You really need to get some more BRAN in your diet
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 11:03 AM
P>ONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #d8d0c8">I wouldn't call rollbacks accidents, nor a chain break.  Not counting old Intamin rides from the 80s which B&M may have been involved in, it seems that no B&M coaster has had an accident.  Keep up the good work B&M!/P>
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- Peabody
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 11:18 AM
B& M webmaster... why not just give her your take on the coaster.. why go ahead and give out counts of accidents and injuries.. Why not just hang B& M while you're at it....

Not a  Rep for B& M.. Put it like this, "B&M have sustained no serious accidents, as of today" Easy as that... so go with that, don't scare some GP from up north by saying the rides have sustained some accidents where people were hurt, why not just just hang B& M while you're at it..

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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 11:48 AM
I beleive there was some sort of incident with Wildfire's brakes not working right or failing this year.  I don't think there was an accident but somthing did go wrong.  I believe.  Can someone else explain more about the incident?
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Mike
Favorite Wood: Viper at SFGAM, Shivering Timbers
Favorie Steel: Magnum and Raging Bull
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 11:54 AM
Wildfire - December, weather related, no collision, no injuries.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2002 11:56 AM
Wildfires brakes didn't work, and it flew thru the station is all I know of. Speaking of accidents Apollo's Charoit built by B & M and well I need not remind everyone of a little accident involving a certain male supermodel that shall remain nameless (Fabio) and a poor innocent goose.
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