Ever almost fall out of a coaster?

Tuesday, July 30, 2002 7:57 AM

I did yesterday. I always thought things like this were impossible, but during a trip to SFoG with Kris and Eric from Ohio, I got kinda crazy. A one click lapbar and a lax seatbelt in the second to last car, I had a crazy first drop. I was bucked from my left seat OVER the seat divider and ended up in the floorboard of the right seat on my knees with my right arm over the right side of the train and my left arm over the front of the car. As the coaster bottomed out, I quickly got back in my seat and proceeded to staple myself for the rest of the journey. I was as close to falling out as anyone would ever want to see. My two witnesses (Kris and Eric) can attest to that statement.

I'm a little banged up.. ok, well a lot banged up. But I realize the craziness of it and will respect one of my favorite woodies in the future just as I did the following 4 laps I took that day.

My question is... has anything like this ever happened to anyone else? Please save me the sermons as well. I was well aware of what I was doing and won't risk it again, this is purely for conversations sake only.

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Why do we fear Mack trucks, but not Mack Wild Mouse coasters?

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:00 AM

Twice. The first time on KW's Jackrabbit, where, as a stupid teen, I *unbuckled* the seat-belt before the double down. Good thing my knobby knee caught on the grab bar, or I'd be dead.

The second time on PKI's Vortex. I left the OTSR open a bit far (accidentally) in the back seat and ended up sitting on the floor, with my head at the bottom of the OTSR where your legs touch (I am very skinny). Scary.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:02 AM

So I'm assuming this was on Cylone, right? I'd believe it, that has some vicious air in the back.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:05 AM
Chris... ;)

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Why do we fear Mack trucks, but not Mack Wild Mouse coasters?

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:07 AM
I had my lapbar on Viper at SFGAm so far up that my legs were deadlocked straight, with no bends. I'm 6'2" so that's a really loose lapbar! If I hadn't held on, I'd probably have fallen out. Best Airtime I ever had!
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:27 AM
My seatbelt came undone on Cornball and I held on the rest of the ride but dang when it came undone I felt as though I was being ejected from the seat, but I felt that all 18 times I rode it.

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Elijah Rock.
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La Vie Boheme!!!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 8:27 AM

I went a bit to far on Viper last Friday too. I rode with a one click ride and on the last hill I had to grab the seat back in front of me or I would have been in the other seat. Needless to say, I am gonna stick with a two or three click ride from now on.

Funny thing is that I am getting more reckless in my old age. Before this year I stapled myself into every single ride I ever went on. This year I am doing two click rides on every woodie I can find and even let up a click from stapled on Raging Bull which makes for one scary ride in the back.

The incident on Viper I think snapped me back to reality and made me remember to think about safety on rides and not doing something stupid that could get me hurt.

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Bob Hansen

A proud CoasterBuzz Member

"So you think your'e really brave, gonna see the DEMONS cave.
You silly dude, your'e only food, for the DEMON"

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:05 AM
Yesterday on S:ros I got a 1or 2 click ride. I couldn't remember. The drop in the back felt like it would eject me. That sounds scarey Homey.

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-Sean

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:09 AM
I had a similar experience in the back seat of Apollo's Chariot, except that the lapbar must have been 3 clicks from stapling me. The first drop left me completely off my seat with my legs straight, and my knees were the only thing pressed up against the bottom of the lapbar. I promptly stapled myself when I had returned to my seat.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:22 AM
LoL, I felt that way on one click Timbers!

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Good Times!! Good Times!!
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:31 AM
One click and lax seatbelts ... and if you had actually fallen out of the train, the coaster would have been closed, there would have been an investigation, a decrease in public confidence, Markey crowing about increased amusement park oversight.... was it worth it?
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:39 AM

For extra airtime? Yes, yes it is. :)

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:44 AM

What's up with the ride ops? People should not be allowed to be this stupid. I can just see someone falling out and getting seriously hurt or killed and Markey getting his legislation.

I have to ask, if you fall out because you purposely kept your restraint loose, would you try to sue the park?

Come on people, don't give Markey and others ammunition to regulate our rides!

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The worst day at Cedar Point is better than the best day at work.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:44 AM
I almost fell out of the American Eagle, backwards side, once. It was about 2 clicks away from stapling me and boy can I tell you I had a ton of airtime on the first drop. I flew out of my seat only to be held in by my knees. It was really fun, but I don't think I am going to take that risk again, its just too dangerous. It was funny, my friend sitting behind me noticed how high I had gotten during the ride and she said "What the hell were you thinking? You must have been at least a foot higher than the rest of us." Bla bla bla in the end it felt like more than a foot.

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Cedar Point-America's Roller Coast.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:46 AM
Hurler at Carrowinds, in Charlotte, I was sitting in the front seat and my wife was next to me. As the train went down the first drop, I felt my lap bar pop open, and I jammed my self down inside the train so I would not fly. I have not been on a woodie in a Paramount park since then. I am afraid of what might happen the next time.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:51 AM

Homey G. , a similar incident happened to me on the GA. Cyclone also.

I had to prop one leg higer than the other to fit (due to the hideous seat dividers), and my lapbar got only one...maybe two clicks. Well, thank God for the seatbelt... I was in the 2nd to last car, and during the drop, I actually felt as if I was standing up, same thing happened on the second drop... Ever since...I've kinda stayed away from Cyclone...

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:54 AM

CP ismyhome said:

What's up with the ride ops? People should not be allowed to be this stupid. I can just see someone falling out and getting seriously hurt or killed and Markey getting his legislation.

I have to ask, if you fall out because you purposely kept your restraint loose, would you try to sue the park?

Come on people, don't give Markey and others ammunition to regulate our rides!

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The worst day at Cedar Point is better than the best day at work.



And you know what? You are completely right. It is sad that it took me a potentially life threatening situation to realize that. I still leave a little room on some restraints but only when I know that the ride can safely handle it. I have had enough of pushing the envelope.

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Bob Hansen

A proud CoasterBuzz Member

"So you think your'e really brave, gonna see the DEMONS cave.
You silly dude, your'e only food, for the DEMON"

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 9:59 AM

A friend and I prevented a little girl from falling out of a Rapids ride, does that count? She unbuckled her seatbelt and walked around the raft but we made her get back int he seat... Why are small kids always unattended on rides?

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 10:01 AM

Front seat Screehcin Eagle.....o yeah. You know how it is.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 10:10 AM

Sure, I try to push the envelope. But I'm not going to fall out because I understand what my limits are. Even if I did fall out, I would know darn well why I fell out, and I wouldn't sue.

Even on Viper, when my knees were locked straight, I would've had to physically move myself to fall out.

Do I recommend doing this? Absolutely not. It's a bad idea, and that's why, out of my hundreds of ridings, that example has happened to me only once.

*** This post was edited by JoNoJ27 on 7/30/2002. ***

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