Coney Island Cyclone may have been closed due to accident

Posted Sunday, September 11, 2005 12:40 AM | Contributed by Jeff

According to the New York Post, the city closed the Coney Island Cyclone after a mishap last Saturday that sent four people to the hospital with whiplash. Officials allegedly said it was closed for maintenance.

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Sunday, September 11, 2005 12:41 AM
Wow. I'm glad no one was killed.

It does seem strange that it hit misaligned track. Is that not something that can be easily seen during early morning maintenance walks?

Sunday, September 11, 2005 12:47 AM
I got other links from people that claim to have been on the ride and say the actual car cracked and some restraints came unlocked and others had to be cut out.

Im told that all required parties were notified within reasonable time, Police, OSHA, Parks Dept but they gave the press the slip with the maintence story.

Sorry but when the truth comes out, You look like a heel. IMHO.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 9:44 AM
Yeah that sounds suspicious to me,I mean shouldn't the track gauge have been checked prior to the coaster opening in the morning?any reputable park,no matter how small would ensure that such inspections are performed well before allowing anyone to get on the ride.
Sunday, September 11, 2005 11:24 AM
CI Cyclone giving whiplash? Never woulda thought.
Sunday, September 11, 2005 2:41 PM
"Sorry but when the truth comes out, You look like a heel. IMHO."

Accidents look bad for the park, so they are often kept udner wrape.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 3:21 PM
Mamoosh's avatar The accident was not kept underwraps. It was reported to all the appropriate just did not make the news until now.
Sunday, September 11, 2005 4:16 PM
Jeff's avatar And from what I understand, the New York Post is like the Fox News of newspapers.
Sunday, September 11, 2005 4:32 PM
Not a big shock. They're both owned by Murdoch, I think.
Sunday, September 11, 2005 6:17 PM
The park originally told the New York Daily News it was closed for "minor, routine repairs". Later, it came out that there was indeed an incident that sent four to the hospital. The accident may not have been kept "under wraps" from the authorities, but it was from the press, at least initally.


Sunday, September 11, 2005 6:56 PM

And from what I understand, the New York Post is like the Fox News of newspapers.

I never relized the New York Post had such strong ratings...thanks for the info!

Sunday, September 11, 2005 7:27 PM
Yeah, because ratings really correlates with quality.


Sunday, September 11, 2005 8:29 PM
Is there some sort of media "quality" police I'm not aware of?
Sunday, September 11, 2005 10:31 PM
No, not at all (although there are "accuracy police" who have had a thing or two to say about Fox News). I'm just pointing out that just because something gets "good ratings" doesn't mean it's good (or accurate).

-Nate*** This post was edited by coasterdude318 9/11/2005 10:35:32 PM ***

Sunday, September 11, 2005 10:41 PM
I'm just there any such thing as accurate media? Those from the right hate CNN/ABC/NBC/CBS et al! Those from the left don't like Fox News! I just take everything with a grain of salt! The media are in it to sell advertising. Accurate news is secondary and I dare say----often in conflict with advertising sales!

On subject...has anyone proven/disproven what has been said in this story? Did they hide an accident as was reported?

We've gotten off track a bit...if this is true...I would love some inside information about how they thought they could bury this story...?

Monday, September 12, 2005 2:15 AM
And besides, if you really want to know what is going on in the U.S., watch BBC news.
Monday, September 12, 2005 12:23 PM
Jeff's avatar Or even Aljazeera.
Monday, September 12, 2005 12:50 PM
Let's keep in mind, things happen. Our thoughts and prayers always go out to anyone who may have been hurt in any way. But still, things happen, and I believe the park when they say these are minor repairs...The brakes falling off, a track piece falling off, an entire train's restraint system fails, that is a major repair...
Monday, September 12, 2005 2:12 PM
I doubt that the train went from 60 to 0 mph instantaneously, that would cause a lot more than whiplash.
Monday, September 12, 2005 2:15 PM
I agree JDB. It would be easier to get a clearer picture to find out if the train was full, or if those 4 were the only 4 on the ride. Does anyone know?

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