Holiday World stages mock disaster

Posted Monday, April 9, 2001 6:38 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Early Friday morning, Holiday World staged a fake accident on its Legend roller coaster. The park helped local officials test emergency response time with the help of fake blood and injuries.

Read the story from The Evansville Courier & Press.

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Monday, April 9, 2001 6:59 AM
Sorry for posting this in the forums section, very intresting story though how many earthquakes happen in the area. A roll back crash or a collision of trains would have been more realistic than an earthquake.

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Monday, April 9, 2001 7:11 AM
That is good they practice things like this... Hopefully every park will do this, and let the Gp be the victims!

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Monday, April 9, 2001 7:43 AM
john peck's avatar I wish Six Flags would do test like this.
Monday, April 9, 2001 9:58 AM
A collision is hardly realistic on a coaster running only one train. Well, unless, of course, you are talking about Geauga Lake. :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

(A number of years ago, a spring on one of the couplers on Big Dipper broke, which allowed the cars to crunch together at the end of the ride. As I understand it, the couplers didn't come apart, but the cars did collide.)
Monday, April 9, 2001 11:46 AM
Only with Sixflags.....

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Monday, April 9, 2001 3:33 PM
Actually they are saying that when there is an earthquake in the Midwest it will be quite violent. It has been many years and the tension has built up in the New Madrid Fault.

Monday, April 9, 2001 6:01 PM
I'd love to have been an employee for this one. :) It's good to hear though, that at least some parks are attempting to practice more full-scale drills than just a guest with heat stroke or vomiting off a ride. While it is an unlikely occurence, preparation is the best defense!

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Monday, April 9, 2001 11:18 PM
staticman00's avatar acer is right. there was an earthquake in souther illinois/indiana back in the mid-1800's that killed quite a few people, and damaged many towns. there is a fault line that runs right through the midwest, and its been moving and building up pressure, when it slips, it'll be violent.
Tuesday, April 10, 2001 6:48 AM
Mamoosh's avatar Staticman00: actually it was in 1812 and centered near New Madrid, Missouri. That quake remains the largest quake to hit the lower contiguous 48 states...larger than the 1906 San Francisco quake. It actually chanegd the course of the Mississippi River.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2001 2:16 PM
Yeah, I thought that one changed the Mississippi. Now you KNOW that one was pretty damn powerful.

The mock disaster idea is pretty cool.
Tuesday, April 10, 2001 7:30 PM
Very funny there RideMan!!! I am all for these drills, because it's only a matter of time until something really happens. And I'm thrilled to see one of the best parks in the world doing this. Speaking of that great place in the Hoosier State...1 month left! WOO HOO!

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