Posted Thursday, July 15, 2004 10:48 AM | Contributed by supermandl
Riders involved in Monday's incident on Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster, where they were hit by metal fragments from a fraying cable, say they weren't taken seriously after the incident.
Read more and see video from WEWS/Cleveland.
However, these kids are being grandstanding attention whores about it.
I do agree, though, with your assessment of the "victims."
*** This post was edited by Gemini 7/15/2004 11:18:22 AM ***
(or even require them to wear safety goggles)
“She was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ She just panicked. And I said, ‘What, what?’ Because I didn't even feel it because going that fast, it just goes in and you don't feel anything,” Jones said.
So on what grounds and why do you sue? This kid didn't even realize he was 'injured' until someone told him. (honest question for anyone who knows more about law than me)
Later in the article:
"It was their treatment after the accident that upset them most."
Oh, I see. Not enough freebies, we'll sue. It all makes so much sense now.
So anyone think TTD will open again before the end of this season?
That piece of metal in the one kids ear; what would have happened if it would have gone in his eye instead? Would THAT have made it serious?
I agree with Jeff. It does appear that these folks are milking their 15 minutes. But, I can guarantee you that if I had only been offered front of the line tickets after this was over I would be making a stink too. Maybe not in front of TV cameras but I would sure as hell be following up on this. If it were my child you could multiply my anger by 100.
What if they had been offered free admission to the park? Or how about a 2004 or 2005 season pass? Would that have made this less serious? Would everyone be happy? I agree with Lord Gonchar, sounds more like someone isn't happy with his/her amount of freebies.
And if this is such a serious safety concern, shouldn't these teens be applauded for grandstanding and bringing this important issue to the public through the media?
*** This post was edited by Gemini 7/15/2004 1:50:51 PM ***
Well, looks like Cedar Point has some defense against this guy if he sues. They say do not put your arms up countless times through the queue and not to mention just before the launch. I know they arent gonna stop you but they do say dont put your arms up. And this guy did, so he broke a rule of the ride and unless he got cuts somewhere else other than his arms this guys done.
What if a restraint releases and you fall to your death? After every ride, thank your lucky stars because the brakes could have failed causing an accident. What if a bird flew in front of the train and you killed it with your face? (I guess we'll just ask Fabio on that one) Should I consider myself lucky I've never been hurt on almost 200 different coaster because a nut or bolt could have come loose and hit me in the noggin? You get the idea.
I'm also of the mind that you assume the risk in anything you choose to do in life. Nothing is 100% safe and nothing ever will be. As ridiculously safe as coasters are, things still happen. It's up to the individual to assume the potential risk.
If you spend too much time worrying about what could have been, you miss out on enjoying what is.
...and what is happening here is a complete overreaction to a minor incident that (in my not so professional opinion) no one could have foreseen.
"[T]he park DID know they were having problems with the cables. they found cable shards in places it should not have been." (Wahoo Skipper)
Yes, sounds like a problem to me... and considering the power needed to launch the train at the needed speeds, I would consider it a big problem.
"Once they realized it was a safety issue, they shut down the ride and are now taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen again." (Gemini)
Again, considering the power needed to launch a train, I believe that the shards alone should have raised red flags, not the fact that the shards were sprayed on the people. I think the steps should have been taken as soon as they were aware of the problem, not AFTER the incident.
For what it is worth, (another usless comparrison) my 7 month old dog decided that an exention cord at the house was a chew toy (lucky for him it was not in use at the time). When cleaning up the frayed wire, a few pieces stuck into my hand. Believe me, it hurt like an s.o.b. and drew blood. And I withdrew my hand as soon as I felt it. I wasn't being pelted with these metal shards at high rates of speed for a few seconds. I can see how those cable pieces would do damage. As stated, lucky one of those shards of cable didn't go into an eye or do other serious injury.
(by the way, the dog checked out fine at the vet's... wich is more than I can say for the extention cord)
*** This post was edited by SLFAKE 7/15/2004 1:54:52 PM ***
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