Posted Thursday, August 23, 2007 10:38 AM | Contributed by Jeff
A protruding bolt is being blamed for a Ferris wheel accident at an amusement park in South Korea earlier this month which killed five people, police say. The report said the bolt connecting the wheel to the Ferris wheel car had been inserted from outside the wheel, narrowing the space between the car and the wheel. It is usually inserted from the inside. That kept the car from swinging back to its upright position, forcing passengers to fall on a side window and then to their deaths as the window broke under their weight.
Read more from AP via The Sydney Morning Herald.
Unbelievable though how something so simple as a bolt can have such horrendous consequences.
I couldn't help thinking about this tragedy when I was riding the Big Wheel at Indiana beach this weekend. I was actually checking the gondola for things to hold onto.
*** This post was edited by Frantic Ferret 8/23/2007 1:41:10 PM ***
In this case, the bolt being put in backward, (ie, coming from the wrong side) it was only a matter of time before the accident occured.
I hate ferris wheels.
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