Church carnival ride pins teens upside down for more than hour

Posted Thursday, June 13, 2002 8:10 AM | Contributed by briansmyth

Investigators will return to the scene of a New Jersey church carnival Thursday, trying to figure out why a church carnival ride got stuck upside down. 23 to 30 passengers were stuck for more than an hour.

Read more and view video from WPVI/Philadelphia.

Thursday, June 13, 2002 8:35 AM
What does this spinout ride look like?
Thursday, June 13, 2002 8:43 AM

How could this happen on a ride that is already regulated by the Consumer Product Safety comission?

Maybe it's because ride safety depends on safe design, safe maintenance, safe operation, and safe riders. Unfortuately, the CPSC is not equipped to deal with any of these issues. State regulators are much more able to deal with this, though I am not completely impressed with state regulation either.

Thursday, June 13, 2002 8:47 AM
It's a KMG Spin Out. I can't find KMG's site quick-like, but here's a picture from Karl's site --

It's quite similar to Zamperla's Power Surge, but the Power Surge it taller, if I recall correctly. It's been awhile since I've seen a Spin Out in person.

As for why it got stuck? My guess it because it broke - duh. It's a maintenance issue, I'm sure. It's not a safety issue.

Edit: Finding their site wasn't rocket science - it's - and you're looking for Spinout. As it turns out, it's also less like a Power Surge than I thought. Oh well.

~~~ M ~~~
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Thursday, June 13, 2002 9:11 AM

A little more information and a Picture of the ride stuck upside down.

Thursday, June 13, 2002 9:42 AM
That would suck, but at least no one died.
Thursday, June 13, 2002 9:42 AM

I'm certain the incident will be fully investigated, and if the amusment park is determined to be at fault then so be it. Just don't automatically proclaim that it's a maintanence or saftey issue. It could also have been a manufacturing defect, or normal wear and tear on a defective part.

Needless to say it is in every park's best interest to keep their rides running as smoothly as possible. But when it comes down to it we're talking about heavy machinery with metal rubbing against metal. Even after a complete rebuild these rides are not going to be "as good as new". The fact that so few accidents happen each year is certainly testiment to the extreme effort that goes into maintaining these rides, don't you think?

Thursday, June 13, 2002 10:07 AM

"It could also have been a manufacturing defect, or normal wear and tear on a defective part. "

Well, in my mind, this is a maintenance issue. That's not to say that things like this won't happen, or can even be prevented. Rather, I'm just trying to say that it's not one of these "Let's reevaluation the safety of the amusement industry" sorts of event.


Thursday, June 13, 2002 10:58 AM

I've been on the smaller version of this, the "junior move it" in france! It was very fun and very disorientating. They held you upside down for a good 10 seconds on a normal programme whilst turning the cars which started to get a bit unbearable! I can't imagine what an hour would be like!

I have to say though KMG restraints are very comfy! The afterburner at thorpe park (same as delirium) gives a very comfy ride.

KMG site is at

Thursday, June 13, 2002 10:59 AM
Those poor kids, I couldent imagine just hanging upside down like that!
Thursday, June 13, 2002 11:16 AM

You know it was only 15 feet.. if it were me I'd have probably opted for the "release and fall" technique. :-)

Thursday, June 13, 2002 11:39 AM
Those KMG Spinouts aren't even comfortible sitting in Right-Side Up!
Thursday, June 13, 2002 11:52 AM

Well at least its not an accident I dont think I can handle anymore Drama from kids

Thursday, June 13, 2002 12:10 PM

However safe these ride may actually be, I'm just not one to ride them due to my "weariness" of how safe they may be.

It's just my preception of carnival rides, but I just don't like them very much.

True, they did not get hurt, but I'm sure they wern't up there chit-chattin about the weather for that whole hour.

Thursday, June 13, 2002 12:38 PM

Spin Outs are nothing like a Zamperla Power Surge. Power Surges use 3 axes of rotation. One being the seats roatation by gravity. The second being the wheel itself. The third being the arm.

Spin-Outs use 3 axes of rotation, too...but differently. One is the wheel. One is the arm flipping the wheel. The third is the entire base of the ride.

Spin-Outs have stationary seats. Power Surges seats rotate freely.

Now that I'm done with my brief comparison, I will say that Spin-Outs are much more intense and the better ride, IMO. The Power Surge still runs very well....I love both rides.

Thursday, June 13, 2002 1:46 PM

I see that they're different now. They just look similar at a quick glance is all.


Thursday, June 13, 2002 5:43 PM
The spin-out rules, and is extremely intense. I rode one at the Montgomery County Fair in Maryland last year. Everyone has been blaming the ride, but how about the Distro (nickname for electrical distribution trailer or panel)? Typically, most carnival operators provide their own power in a trailer, since the power requirements are so great. It could have been a bad power cable leading to the ride for all we know.
B&M vs. Intamin? CCI vs. GCI? Who cares! They're all fun!
Thursday, June 13, 2002 8:06 PM

Isn't this the main reason why the CPSC stopped regulating coasters back in 78'? Too many accidents, believed to be due to low maintenence and neglect. Now they are trying to get rollercoasters back into the CPSC's reach. Will they ever learn?

Thursday, June 13, 2002 8:29 PM

Typical. Rule of thumb- never trust a church.

Friday, June 14, 2002 4:24 AM


They found Several bolts sheared off the ride and they fell into the gears of the ride causing the ride to lock up in the position that it happened.


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