Guest thinks broken cable on Six Flags New England ride is more serious than the park says, gets a whole news article to make his case

Posted Wednesday, July 13, 2016 12:23 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: This is another case where we like to call out poor excuses of journalism in our little corner of the Internet. -J]

According to The Republican, a cable snapped on Six Flags New England's Goliath, a giant inverted boomerang. The ride was not operating with people The reporter managed to find a guest who witnessed it, and goes on for many paragraphs talking about how serious it was, and how much he needed to know what happened.

Read the "article" from The Republican.

Update, 7/15/16: In a follow up, The Republican quotes a state agency that, wait for it, describes this as a non-event.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 12:32 PM

It was no big deal, we had photos of it as it happened on our Facebook page from someone who was there and witnessed it.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 9:54 PM

"I can't imagine what would have happened if the cable snapped while the ride was in motion, OMG."

It probably would've been stopped in the station with an E-Stop.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:10 PM

Anytime a cable snaps on a ride it is extremely dangerous so of course it wasn't a minor malfunction. We saw what a broken cable could do to a person at Kentucky Kingdom.

When Deja Vu was at Great America and the rocket coasters were having issues with cables, I remember wondering what a catastrophic scenario it would be if one of the GIBs cables had snapped. If it snapped while lifting a train you have the cable, train and catch car all falling and if the cable gets tangled with the train you would have a disaster. I'm not even sure if the catch car had any sort of braking system to stop it in case of a cable break.

The park was extremely lucky nobody on or around the ride was seriously hurt. They are obviously downplaying the severity of the incident. Large steel cables free falling from 196 feet is obviously not a minor incident.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:12 PM

That article reads more like something from The Onion.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:24 PM

The Republican:

"The 'malfunction' was a huge metal cable in one of the coaster's two towers completely snapping and falling to the ground with a very loud noise, like someone dropping a large metal dumpster," said Tom Beggs.

Which left me wondering how Mr Beggs knew what a large metal dumpster hitting the ground sounded like. The article struck me as someone enjoying their 15 minutes of fame.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016 12:19 AM

I thought you lived in Chicago? :)

I know exactly what that sound is. I live across from a school that has their dumpster and the neighborhood recycle thing in the parking lot. (Sounds glamorous, don't it?) I get to hear that sound, twice, a couple of times a week. And usually at 4:30 in the morning. Did I mention it's so loud that the dogs can hear it too?

Joking aside, it probably is very, very fortunate that the snapped cable didn't come in contact with riders, as those things can turn into the world's heaviest whip when they snap under tension. I'm sure the park thinks so too and is breathing a huge sigh of relief as they report the "minor malfunction". We'll see how long the ride is down and if the one in Idaho takes some time off as well.

And Mr. Beggs and clan should just thank their lucky stars and move along leaving well enough alone.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016 1:20 AM

Go Intamin said:
"I can't imagine what would have happened if the cable snapped while the ride was in motion, OMG."

It probably would've been stopped in the station with an E-Stop.

There is no brakes on goliath. The cables are the brakes and when the catch brake fails the train rolls freely until it valley's.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016 9:42 AM

^ oh. That's my bad. I haven't been on a giant inverted boomerang in ages, so I don't remember quite what the station setup is. Thanks for the correction.

Last edited by Go Intamin, Thursday, July 14, 2016 9:43 AM
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Thursday, July 14, 2016 9:45 AM

RCMAC said:

I thought you lived in Chicago? :)

I know exactly what that sound is.

I was going on the assumption he was referring to a dumpster being dropped from a high height.

And I live in a very quiet Chicago neighborhood :-)

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Thursday, July 14, 2016 2:05 PM

slithernoggin said:

The Republican:

"The 'malfunction' was a huge metal cable in one of the coaster's two towers completely snapping and falling to the ground with a very loud noise, like someone dropping a large metal dumpster," said Tom Beggs.

Which left me wondering how Mr Beggs knew what a large metal dumpster hitting the ground sounded like. The article struck me as someone enjoying their 15 minutes of fame.

A lot like a garbage truck...dropped off the Empire State Building.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016 7:31 PM

They also linked an article just of facebook responses to the incident.

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/07/facebook_reaction_to...ped_r.html

This one sounds particularly insightful:

"HELL NOOOO. I LOOKED AT THIS RIDE AND SEEN DEATH," exclaimed Maana Bin Lit, of Springfield.

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Friday, July 15, 2016 12:34 AM

Thanks for posting that, Ohiostater. My favorite scene in one of my favorite movies!

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Friday, July 15, 2016 5:53 AM

On recent trips to Great Adventure and SFNE I couldn't help but notice how their parks don't seem as well maintained as other parks I frequent more (Hersheypark, Knoebels and BGW. ) Makes me question how well maintained their rides are.

I stopped buying season passes and visiting Six Flags for several years because the closest park to me SFA is so ghetto that I won't go back. I have been debating whether we should give it another chance. Was even thinking about going tomorrow, or should I go to Knoebels instead (both are about the same distance from me?)

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Friday, July 15, 2016 11:01 AM

Hard hitting, thought provoking.

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Friday, July 15, 2016 12:11 PM

Coasterfantom2 said:
On recent trips to Great Adventure and SFNE I couldn't help but notice how their parks don't seem as well maintained as other parks I frequent more (Hersheypark, Knoebels and BGW. ) Makes me question how well maintained their rides are.

I stopped buying season passes and visiting Six Flags for several years because the closest park to me SFA is so ghetto that I won't go back. I have been debating whether we should give it another chance. Was even thinking about going tomorrow, or should I go to Knoebels instead (both are about the same distance from me?)

What do you mean by not maintained? Sfne has a strict policy on all rides being open and your gonna fault them for that pos breaking down because a cable snapped? All parks have rides break down even the great Knoebels, which i was at last month and Phoenix was down for a couple days. I can't speak for other six flags parks because i'm not at them enough to judge their operations. On a side note Sfne never wanted goliath and they desperately want it gone due to high maintenance costs to keep it up but corporate makes the decisions.

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Friday, July 15, 2016 1:32 PM

Here's an updated article on what happened.

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/07/state_says_six_flags...er_co.html

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Friday, July 15, 2016 3:28 PM

^^ Gamerguy I am just saying my observation on Six Flags in general. The way queues are maintained is(in my mind, ) an immediate red flag that corners are cut. Let's face it I can'tell be the only one that recognizes that. First impressions are everything.

Wicked Cyclone's queue was nice but that's because it's newer. Go to Superman or Batman and they look not as well maintained. When I go to Hersheypark, sea world parks, disney, universal, or cedar fair the queues there don't give me that impression.

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Friday, July 15, 2016 10:51 PM

gamerguy said:

Here's an updated article on what happened.

Wait, you mean it was a non-event? What a shocker.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016 11:12 AM

I think the Earth is flat, where's my news article?

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