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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Sunday, July 17, 2016 4:33 PM

It's only a non-event because nobody got hurt. This could have been a serious incident but the park lucked out and was able to explain it away as a minor malfunction. If that cable let loose while it was lifting a train the results likely would have been catastrophic. You guys can downplay and make fun of this guy's reaction all you want, but he is right. Perhaps you aren't as familiar with this ride as you think you are.


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Sunday, July 17, 2016 9:19 PM
Fun's avatar

There are many assumptions being made as to why this could have been catastrophic, none of which are supported by evidence at this point. With all due respect Dave, how do you know a cable has never snapped on a boomerang while lifting a train? How do you jump to the conclusion that it would automatically be catastrophic?

At the end of the day, the Office of Public Safety (Bold for emphasis) in Massachusetts is saying this is a non-event. There's no reason at this time to think otherwise.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016 9:51 PM
Jeff's avatar

Yeah, I agree. I'd love to know how anyone makes the leap that this would have been "catastrophic" if the ride was loaded.


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

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Monday, July 18, 2016 9:11 AM

WOULD have been catastrophic? Nope, can't make that prediction... COULD have been catastrophic? I can see the concern there. I never would've thought a broken cable on a drop tower would result in someone losing their feet, but we all know how that turned out.


But then again, what do I know?

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Monday, July 18, 2016 10:23 AM
Jeff's avatar

No, but if you logically think about the arrangement of the equipment, it's not hard to imagine. In the case of this specific ride, I can only imagine that the train would deploy into the course, and the cable would unspool under the tower after the train has moved into the course. It isn't going to beat the train to the bottom of the tower. If there was an extraordinary noise, I bet it was the catch car at the bottom of its run.


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Silly Nonsense

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Monday, July 18, 2016 2:10 PM
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Most complex pieces of machinery are designed to fail to the most safe position. While not familiar with this ride's designed safety systems, I can only imagine that all failure possibilities were taken into account in the engineering of the ride. So who here on CB or in the media really knows? The engineers probably know.

I want to speculate on the design of the train, shielding of riders, etc, but cannot. However, I'm reasonably sure that had the train been loaded and operating during the failure, that things would have turned out ok.

Blah blah blah Kentucky Kingdom, blah blah blah Xcellerator. Completely different rides, but yes... excellent examples of what *can* go wrong.

Last edited by Tommytheduck, Monday, July 18, 2016 2:11 PM
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Monday, July 18, 2016 9:09 PM
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Just noting that neither of the above were Vekoma rides....can't say whether that's pure chance or not.


You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016 2:36 PM

Gator-
...and both are Intamin rides, also not sure if that's coincidence?


But then again, what do I know?

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