Fatal Chinese ride accident still a mystery

Posted Monday, July 5, 2010 1:58 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Neither officials nor the company that own the ride, Shenzhen Overseas Chinese Town Holding Co., have offered a clear explanation for what happened. The local government held a press conference at which the park apologized for the accident. A public relations official at the company says the incident is “under investigation, so we have nothing to say.”

Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

Monday, July 5, 2010 1:59 PM
Jeff's avatar

Check out the completely bizarre accident computer animation on that story. At least it explains (in theory) what happened, but who spends the time to do something like that?

Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Phrazy

Monday, July 5, 2010 2:04 PM

The weeping at the end really makes the whole thing.

That's one of the stranger videos I've seen in some time. Perhaps it's a trailer to a remake of the movie Rollercoaster in 3D.

"Thank the Phoneticians!"

Monday, July 5, 2010 2:10 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

TimChat2 said:
The weeping at the end really makes the whole thing.

I was just going to post the same thing.

Monday, July 5, 2010 2:49 PM
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"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

Monday, July 5, 2010 3:42 PM

That simulation video is probably one of the oddest things currently on the net. It's not so much the content but the time and effort factor that makes it disturbing.

Monday, July 5, 2010 4:01 PM
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That video is so twisted. It made me laugh and feel really bad at the exact same time.

Monday, July 5, 2010 5:47 PM

The video implies that it was kind of like an aerial outer space version of The Ultimate Trip (RIP) at Conneaut Lake Park. In the way that the Chinese attraction "simulated" a trip to outer space by spinning you around inside of a starlit dome the Ultimate Trip "simulated"...well, a trip by spinning you around on an indoor Scrambler to loud Pink Floyd music.

As discussed on the other thread the definition of a "simulator" can be pretty loose when you include rides like these.

"Thank the Phoneticians!"

Monday, July 5, 2010 7:37 PM
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haha wow. I couldn't help but laugh at that animation. It's a bad tragedy though, and personally I'd be pretty upset if I had lost a loved one and something like that popped up in the media.

I call Cedar Point my home park even though I live in the Chicago Suburbs.

Monday, July 5, 2010 10:49 PM
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I think it's a fairly safe assumption that, being China, you will never find out what really happened.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 1:38 AM

Probably done by the same people who gave us this:


Tuesday, July 6, 2010 1:44 AM

The question is, to what degree does the animation bear any resemblance *at all* to the actual ride?

I mean, if the ride is supposed to simulate a +2Gz acceleration, then I would expect the riders to be seated either facing the axis of rotation, or facing "up" with their heads towards the axis. The animation shows nothing of the sort.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010 2:08 AM
Jeff's avatar

The Tiger Woods thing is genuinely funny without guilt. Awesome.

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