Has a coaster ever derailed?

Thursday, August 2, 2001 5:38 PM
Wooden coasters. Could the track come loose and a train derail? Has one ever?

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Thursday, August 2, 2001 5:56 PM
I don't know about any wooden coasters derailing, but...I saw on the news 2 days ago(ABC 7) that som people are sueing Disneyland because when they were on Space Mountain, it jumped the tracks. Sounds kinda freaky but true. I think it was due to the total weight of the train. If Space Mountains train weighs more then ______lbs. instead of turning right to the frst chain lift, you turn left into the switchrail thing and they take everyone out and put them on seperatly with a different car that way it won't exceed the limit. I guess they didn't see it right and let it go.

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Thursday, August 2, 2001 6:02 PM
Yes, coasters have derailed, but it is not common, a few years ago, mindbender at west edmonton mall in canada, the first two carst snapped their chassis, and hung over the side of the near vertical drop, the front 4 riders were killed.
And, as I beleive, several similar instances have occured with wooden coasters.
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Thursday, August 2, 2001 6:06 PM
Did a coaster at Crystal Beach Derail? I heard this from somewhere. I think it was the Cyclone.
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Thursday, August 2, 2001 6:59 PM
I don't know, but a kiddie coaster at the Old Indiana Fun Park derailed and killed a few people in 1996. The peeps sued and the park closed.
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Thursday, August 2, 2001 7:44 PM
I think Quantum Loop at Seabreeze derailed, but it was minor because only one wheel in the front derailed, so it stopped slowly.
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Thursday, August 2, 2001 8:02 PM
It seems like a read one of the Kennywood coasters derailed a few years ago when some employees turned off a hand brake(?) for an off hour ride or something.
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Thursday, August 2, 2001 8:07 PM
I think you're talking about the Thunderbolt "incident." The employee in the station didn't pull the handbrake so the car didn't stop in the station, and bumped into the car in front of it. It didn't derail or anything ;)

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Thursday, August 2, 2001 8:09 PM
I remember that one now. But this one crashed an office.
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Thursday, August 2, 2001 8:26 PM
the Comet [SBNO] at Lincoln Park in Dartmoth MA. [defunct] derailed twice! If anyone saves it they may have to tone it down a little.
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Thursday, August 2, 2001 8:36 PM

Space Mtn @ D'land has a couple times
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Thursday, August 2, 2001 8:41 PM

MFRULES said:
"I don't know, but a kiddie coaster at the Old Indiana Fun Park derailed and killed a few people in 1996. The peeps sued and the park closed."


No, MF...that was the train ride that derailed. One elderly person was killed and a child paralyzed. From the reports given out, the train wasn't well maintained and it was also travelling too fast.The state even took some heat for its inspections of rides...basically elevator inspectors! Stricter standards/enforcements were put in place after this terrible ordeal.
The incident did spell out the doom for Old Indiana.

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25 summers at the place and you'd think I get a gold watch....instead another wooden coaster. Life is sweet! *** This post was edited by IB Dave on 8/3/2001. ***
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Thursday, August 2, 2001 10:54 PM

Foozycoaster said:
"Yes, coasters have derailed, but it is not common, a few years ago, mindbender at west edmonton mall in canada, the first two carst snapped their chassis, and hung over the side of the near vertical drop, the front 4 riders were killed.
*** This post was edited by Foozycoaster on 8/2/2001. ***"



That was a horrible freak accident. I remember the day it happened, it made Chicago news. The wheel assembly on the back car came off and the car started fish tailing down the drop into the 3rd and last loop. I guess it shook so hard, some of the lap bars popped open. A person feel out at the top of the loop. Then the train slid backwards threw the loop and crashed into the loop support pillar. One person was partially decapitated, another was thrown like 100 feet. I still have the (kinda graphic) picture in Popular Mechanics from that. The same year I think was that horrible accident on Lightnin' loops at SFJersey. That's why we have orange lap bars now.


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Friday, August 3, 2001 1:03 AM
The Grand National at BPB in the UK derailed many years ago when the station brakes failed. My mum was gonna go on it on the very ride that derailed, but my borther and I wanted to go in the arcade instead.

No one was killed or seriously injured and amazingly, the ride re-opened a few hours later!

And I've heard rumors that a wooden wild mouse in the UK was always "flying off the track" and killing people so it was removed - but this was only a rumor. I witnessed the other incident.

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Friday, August 3, 2001 4:27 AM
The Coaster that went trough an office is Jack Rabbit in Clementon Park. This happened about 4 years ago.
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Friday, August 3, 2001 4:36 AM
The King Cobra at PKI derailed a year or two after it first opened.

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Friday, August 3, 2001 4:47 AM
I think it's impossible with today's technology (I'm not discounting the previous examples). Look at the wheel assembly though...you have a wheel on top of the track, below it and to the side...on every car!!!! It seems like all the previous examples given were old coasters, but I'm shocked by the Space Mountain incident.
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Friday, August 3, 2001 4:54 AM
It's not impossible if the wheel assembly fails, which is what happened in the Edmonton incident.
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Friday, August 3, 2001 5:28 AM
I remeber hearing somewhere most of the first looping coasters being the wooden 1's back a long long time ago all derailed sometime.

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Friday, August 3, 2001 9:30 AM
Martling, you are wrong. When FOF first opened at PKI, it jumped the track. Thats back when it was up to top speed tho. They had to slow it down due to this incident.

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