El Toro derailed.....or did it?

Thursday, July 1, 2021 12:07 AM

Article from buckscountycouriertimes

The title of the article says derailment, but a quote from a park spokesperson in the article body says exactly the opposite. More at 11.

Thursday, July 1, 2021 8:29 AM

Supposedly the derailment occurred before the first drop... If that's the case, oof.

That's the season for this one, folks.

Last edited by SteveWoA, Thursday, July 1, 2021 8:42 AM
Thursday, July 1, 2021 9:36 AM

The few photos I have seen circulating on social media definitely show some sort of derailment. It looks similar to the Raging Wolf Bobs derailment.

This quote, to me, is one of those quotes where they aren't denying a derailment, but are also noting that the fail safe safety mechanisms still allowed a derailment to not become a catastrophic incident.

Kristin Fitzgerald, spokeswoman for Six Flags Great Adventure, said there was no derailment. “The train’s safety systems worked as designed and the train remained on the track,” she said in an email.

Thursday, July 1, 2021 9:43 AM
eightdotthree's avatar

Where the train is stopped in the YouTube video linked to from the article is definitely not before the first drop. I think it's in the last section of s-turns at the end?

Thursday, July 1, 2021 9:44 AM

Yeah, in this picture below, it absolutely appears that the front road wheel is uh, not in the right place. Train was in this same position on a picture on Instagram where the riders were still in place before being evacuated.

Last edited by SteveWoA, Thursday, July 1, 2021 9:53 AM
Saturday, July 10, 2021 9:04 PM

The State of New Jersey is convinced that it derailed, and won't allow it to operate again until they are satisfied that whatever caused it is fixed.

For once, Betteridge's Law fails.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021 1:15 PM
TheMillenniumRider's avatar

El Toro is no longer a young spring chicken. It is 15 years old at this point, could that have just been a general wear and tear failure of a part that was unexpected? Six flags is isn’t one that comes to mind for a stellar maintenance program, especially on woodies.

Last edited by TheMillenniumRider, Sunday, July 11, 2021 1:15 PM
Monday, July 12, 2021 10:52 AM

RideMan said:

For once, Betteridge's Law fails.

In my defense.....

"Kristin Fitzgerald, spokeswoman for Six Flags Great Adventure, said there was no derailment."

But yeah.

Sunday, July 18, 2021 12:37 AM
LostKause's avatar

That park has been dealing with a lot of ride malfunctions lately. I read just a few days ago that a boy got his head cut open on their newer Batman 4D coaster. It was closed for a day or two while inspected.

Prior to the El Toro derailment, the log flume track was separated at the bottom of the drop, causing injury.

I don't get to Great Adventure much, but when I do, I notice a lot of rides at the park seems a little worn.


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