Doctors chime in on health risks of coasters

Posted Thursday, June 7, 2001 6:50 AM | Contributed by Jeff

In the latest round of buzz surrounding the death-by-aneurysm on Six Flags Magic Mountain's Goliath, doctors shed light on what an aeurysm actually is and how it can rupture.

Read the story from The LA Times.

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Thursday, June 7, 2001 7:03 AM
They really overblow this stuff. You are safer on the ride that you are walking to it. You are safer on a roller coaster than you are eating lunch. As for coasters causing brain damage? We will just ask Richard Rodriguez when he gets done on Boss if his brain cells are all dead ;)

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Thursday, June 7, 2001 7:04 AM
One thing that all these reports fail to mention is how many people actually ride these rides each year and are not injured. Millions if not billions of people ride these rides each year safely across the world. While I`m sure some injuries and deaths can occure, it is highly unlikely to happen to the normal person. However, when someone is killed on a roller coaster, like a plane crash, it will be in all the headlines because of how rare it is.

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Thursday, June 7, 2001 7:17 AM
Since when did Goliath have a corkscrew? That's what the article said. I agree with coastersrz. You are more likely to get killed in an auto accident on your way to the park than you are on a coaster.

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Thursday, June 7, 2001 8:33 AM
I agree, coastersrz, the statistics are flawed if they fail to mention the probable surge in park attendance over the last 10 years as well.

Maybe the doctors can eventually come up with a simple way to tell whether someone has one of these a preexisting condition and warn them not to ride the wilder ride.

If I'da thought about it a little longer, I'da spent more time thinking.
Thursday, June 7, 2001 10:27 AM
oh my God! how can we actually like these killer machines? just two years ago they killed six people lowering the population of the planet to 5,999,999,994! someone must be trying to kill off everyone on the planet and we're having fun in these so called "amusement" parks.

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Thursday, June 7, 2001 11:06 AM
I agree with everyone. When do people encounter "violent, jerking head movements" on a ride like Goliath that has no Harnesses? These reports are blown out of proportion. If coasters really do cause brain damage, then it is all ready too late for most of us. That is a big if, and it will not stop me from doing what I love doing, riding coasters! *** This post was edited by tservo on 6/7/2001. ***
Thursday, June 7, 2001 12:24 PM
You are morer likly to die going to an amusement park than you are in it. And no one ever bashes car manufactures about people dieing in car accidents, plus the numbers from car accident death's are so far greater a day than a 20 year span of coasters it's a joke.
Thursday, June 7, 2001 12:55 PM
I think what they want is for parks to have to disclose the fact that their is a possibilty you could die on their rides. The funny thing is that if parks were required to admit this even more people would go. you can die anywhere at anytime and anyone that doesnt know that is delusional.

Thursday, June 7, 2001 1:09 PM
Wow. A whopping 18 deaths over 7 years. Thats just about the highest mortality rate I've ever seen in any place. I mean, that many people die of lung cancer from smoking every 5 seconds. That's about as many people that died in the combined school shootings in 1999. Some people need to get a firm grip on reality, and maybe they need a good smack to the face to help wake them up too.

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Thursday, June 7, 2001 1:21 PM
Another bit of info:

You are more likely to win the lottery - twice - than to be seriously hurt on a roller coaster.

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Thursday, June 7, 2001 1:46 PM
I TOLD YOU THIS WOULD HAPPEN!!!!!! last time i said on this subject, here we go, another "are they going to far" top news story
Thursday, June 7, 2001 2:16 PM
two people suffered "brain bleeds" on indiana jones?
damn must be some weak-ass people
Thursday, June 7, 2001 2:41 PM
Umm. no Goliath is a smooth as glass, i feel no jerking or sudden movements that i don't know about. And so called people who say that we should stop building them are cowards and never probably been on a roller coaster.

Next thing they say the ocean to dangerous because of the sun.
People just want to close ride or stop them from being to fast, high and what because they or you don't like them

It not fare to the people who enjoy them.. So they should stay out.

All park # 1 thing is for your safety.

When the last time SFMM had a fatel accident, not about for ten yrs. and you act like it happen again again.
Thursday, June 7, 2001 2:43 PM
I've have been in 2 car accident never never and plan on never be on a park accident not saying that it will never happen.
Thursday, June 7, 2001 7:12 PM
I think you're all missing what is REALLY going on here.

Rep. Markey wants Federal government oversight in order to collect injury statistics. (The then-Chairwoman of the Consumer Products Safety Commission even made a campaign contribution to Markey!) Why collect statistics?

An attorney in the L.A. Times article says he needs injury statistics so he can sue Disney.

It's all about more lawsuits. So here's how it works:

Trial lawyers donate to the Democratic Party; Democratic lawmakers make it easier for trial lawyers to sue and win big awards from sympathetic juries. Trial lawyers then donate to the Democratic know the rest.

Disney, Six Flags, Cedar Fair are big pots of money waiting to be taken by trial lawyers.
Thursday, June 7, 2001 8:59 PM
It's all about control: the Democrats don't believe that the average American citizen is capable of making any decisions on their own and must have everything decided for them. (perfect example - Barbra Streisand's letter to the Dems a couple months ago). I don't need anyone telling me what to do. I can make my own decisions, thank you. I believe that coasters are some of the safest entertainment out there and will continue to ride them as often as possible.

Friday, June 8, 2001 8:10 AM
One of the reasons the newspaper and television blow roller coaster deaths out of porportion because at every source of the media there is someone who dosen't like roller coasters. And alot of people who don't like coasters would like to believe they're unsafe.

Friday, June 8, 2001 9:11 AM
These kind of stories make coasters look bad. I read that toothpicks are more dangerous!
Friday, June 8, 2001 1:26 PM
If parks have to disclose the fact that you may die on a roller coaster, then next it will be that you may die walking around in the park. You have more chance getting killed line jumping!!! And the only reason that people die on roller coasters (besides the fact that they may have a preexisting medical condition) is because they defy the rules of the park and the roller coaster. Like the one guy that was screwing around with the safety harnesses on the Shockwave at PKD because of a stupid bet. He died when he fell out of the car.

So stop putting up the lawsuits and start putting up with the fact that there is nothing wrong with these "gentle giants". *** This post was edited by paladin on 6/8/2001. ***

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