I Saw Shockwave Break Last Weekend....

Thursday, August 8, 2002 10:05 PM
I was in line for shockwave when the accident happened. I was just reaching the station when i heard a loud screech and then a crashing sound. What had happened was the wheel connecting the car to the track had fallen off and the two individual cars collided within the train. this was between the first and second cars. It was stuck on the brake run where the accident happened for the rest of the day. The riders had to be helped down teh stairs and then a sign immediately went up telling people the ride was indefinitely closed, at least for that whole day.
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Thursday, August 8, 2002 10:14 PM
I also have heard something about that and understand thats why its been closed all week. Something big deffintly went wrong with Shockwave last week, which is probally what has brought up all these rumors about its removal.

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*** This post was edited by CoasterDude316 on 8/9/2002. ***

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Thursday, August 8, 2002 11:59 PM
Or maybe you are lieng and that never happend, just like the PKI Top Gun incident it doesn't happen unless the park says it did.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 12:02 AM
Or it did happen and the park would rather you not know.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 4:09 AM
This is scary as a wheel failure of that sort on another Togo stand up, King Cobra at PKI, put a couple of people in intensive care when it first opened. Sounds like this one fortunately occurred at low speed.
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Friday, August 9, 2002 5:48 AM

So let me get this straight...a wheel fell off (of the many on each car of an arrow looper) and that caused the two cars to collide within the same train?

Impossible. The wheel on the bottom plays no part in the spacing of the cars. There is a hitch between each car that connects them and keeps them at a stable distance. A road, upstop, or any wheel for that matter, would not cause this to happen. Wheels have fallen off and broken off of coasters for years. That does not mean the ride gets removed imediatley because of it. Mamba lost wheels all the time it's first year, and maintanence simply repaired it and went on with life.

Your rumored accident would have been caused by a catastrophic failure of the transport mechanisms of the train. To snap a hitch, the train would have been traveling at a modest speed and caused damage not only to the cars, but at least minor (I am talking bumps and bruises) injuries to the occupants. With the increased media coverage the park has been receiving, this would have made news immediately.

Please think about the actions your rumors create. Also please study the mechanisms and workings of a roller coaster train before stating that a wheel failure caused two cars within the same train to collide in the brake run with no injuries and led to their decision to remove the ride instead of Whizzer.

I am now stepping off of the box.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 5:53 AM
The only reason I need to doubt it is this question: why didn't he say something a week ago???
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Friday, August 9, 2002 6:02 AM
Because it would not have been as sensational of a rumor...we all want to think we know everything.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 6:16 AM
Back in 1996 the ride had major problems as well. cars coming detached and the ride breaking down for weeks. Remember the hitch system between the trains on Demon and Shockwave used to be Black they are now Grey. This way cracks could be spotted easier. Thats what caused the ride to break down.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 6:29 AM

Teenage Ninja said:
Or maybe you are lieng and that never happend, just like the PKI Top Gun incident it doesn't happen unless the park says it did.

And Chernobyl didn't almost melt down and spill 90,000 gallons of plutonium water into the Lakawanna?

BTW, PKI did release a statement in the Toledo press who caught a wif of the so called hearsay and contacted the park for verification.

Chuck, part of a group that won the very first lawsuit against the DOE for saying something never happened that was happening ever single day for 60 years.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 6:44 AM
So are we all going to get to say goodbye to Shockwave or not?
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Friday, August 9, 2002 6:50 AM
Most likely not. Its getting scrapped. It'll almost definatley be closed until the end of the season.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 8:18 AM
I Haven't ridden Shockwave but my friends have. They say it's really bumpy and don't even bother to go on it. I'm almost glad their shutting Shockwave down instead. It's not that good anymore.
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Friday, August 9, 2002 2:52 PM
Funny, I rode shockwave many times in 96 and never ran into it being closed or rumors of "cars seperating".

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Friday, August 9, 2002 2:56 PM

What is with Six Flags Great America and wheels falling off?!

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Friday, August 9, 2002 4:21 PM
Or getting rid of rides with "Wave" in the name? LOL
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Friday, August 9, 2002 5:34 PM

GhettoCoaster said:

What is with Six Flags Great America and wheels falling off?!

I was just thinking that. The same thing happened on the Demon a few years ago, only in the loop. But, with the big story 60 min. who doesn't know it.


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Friday, August 9, 2002 5:39 PM
Did anyone get hurt? That sounds pretty bad.

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Friday, August 9, 2002 5:52 PM

Matt said:

So let me get this straight...a wheel fell off (of the many on each car of an arrow looper) and that caused the two cars to collide within the same train?

Impossible. The wheel on the bottom plays no part in the spacing of the cars. There is a hitch between each car that connects them and keeps them at a stable distance. (snip) Mamba lost wheels all the time it's first year, and maintanence simply repaired it and went on with life.


Well, Mamba doesn't have trailered trains. I'm not saying that because Shockwave has trailered trains a wheel falling off would cause a collision, but this isn't the only place I've read that there was a minor incident with the wheels on the ride. IF somehow both wheels "slipped off" the track (or if an axle broke, which probably would cause the wheels to lose grip of the track) then it's very likely two cars did end up colliding. If it happened at a slow speed there wouldn't have been injuries or anything like that.

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*** This post was edited by coasterdude318 on 8/9/2002. ***

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Friday, August 9, 2002 6:11 PM
A collision could occur if a 'wheel carrier' dropped, though. A wheel would only cause a very much rougher ride for one car.
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