Brake failure injures eight at Branson USA

Posted Monday, July 23, 2001 5:20 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A train hit another unloaded train in the station of the SDC Firestorm coaster at Branson USA. Eight were injured, and officials are investigating the cause of the brake failure.

Read more from The Springfield News-Leader.

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Monday, July 23, 2001 5:23 AM
I knew it was a matter of time before something happened on that coaster. When we were there at the beginning of this month, I commented on how un-safe I felt on that ride. It felt different and if you notice in the middle of the ride they have all the spare/worn out parts just laying around. Granted this could of happened anywhere, but at Branson USA, I just got that "un-safe" feeling I normally get at very small traveling carnivals.

Jeremy Murphy
Monday, July 23, 2001 6:26 AM
At least no one was killed.

Rollercoasters are the secret of life!
Monday, July 23, 2001 6:52 AM
john peck's avatar i rode an identical ride like this back when I was in Florida (Windstorm at Old Town), and The train (if the trims during the ride were operational) would not be traveling all that fast in the first place.

We will just have to see what comes of the investigation, I seriously doubt there were any signifcant injuries....but you never know.
Monday, July 23, 2001 9:28 AM
"Three of the injured were minors, said Ted Martin, division chief for the Branson Fire Department. All eight, treated for bruises and scrapes, were released from the hospital, he said."

Oh no! Thats no different from tripping on your shoelaces walking through the park.

Lets see this occarance get Nationwide coverage too, kinda amusing when you think about it.

Just think if it was "8 people transported to hospital after tripping on shoelaces at Branson park..."


Tuesday, July 24, 2001 1:29 AM
john peck's avatar Regardless of the outcome, this is just another reason to pass a bill to regulate rides..... :(
Tuesday, July 24, 2001 5:20 AM
Jeff's avatar Not true. The article itself demonstrates how pointless that would be. It says the ride passed all necessary inspections.

That's the point that keeps getting lost... more regulation won't prevent things like this from happening.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2001 11:14 AM
Word, Jeff.

I've got a great idea for the government. Let's start a new commission to investigate roller coasters. We'll have a few inspectors that will travel the country inspecting rides. They won't get any vacation time, because why would they need it, they'll be at parks all the time. As soon as they finish a round to all the parks in the US, they'll start over. Now, we will pay these guys $550,000/year, because they're government employees, and they deserve it. Also, they can only inspect rides, they can't give reasons for closing rides, though. That won't be in their contract, that will be taken care of by another commission. They can't do each others job, only report to each other. Now, how can we pay for this useles, err, useful work. I know, we'll raise taxes, and cut funding to things like the energy commission and the defensive spending. We need to protect those 10's of people that get hurt at amusement parks. And since everyone in America rides rollercoasters, they will be taxed to keep those rides safe. Also, we will charge each park for each ride inspection. And if the ride is deemed not safe, the park will be forced to completely demolish the ride and build again. All of this should be incentive to keep the rides safe, because obviously keeping guests and the general public is not incentive. This should take care of all of these horrible accidents from occuring, because obviously riders aren't at fault, nor are the operators. It's the ride.

~end sarcasm transmission~


Isn't Disney World a people trap run by a mouse? *** This post was edited by ucsigep on 7/24/2001. ***
Sunday, July 29, 2001 7:18 PM
That really stinks. Because they closed the ride till they get it fixed. I am going on vacation there next week.

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