While the other rides opened up later in the day, SUF never reopened. I found it odd that a whole section of the park was sealed off during this time.
Actually someone may have passed out, gotten sick, etc. I wouldn't jump to drastic conclusions. I witnessed a girl pass out in line and they brought EMTs in, etc. It also could have involved someone getting ill on the ride, so it didn't reopen.
Whole section closed plus swarming security requires more than someone being ill.
*** Edited 6/15/2006 12:06:26 PM UTC by calcajun***
Remember, people get sick and sometimes die everywhere, everyday. Allowing a little privacy and dignity in these situations is a general courtesy that all parks should allow.
A similar situation happened at SFA a couple years back when superman's brakes failed resulting in two trains being on the lift at the same time & they evacuated the entire gotham city area of the park.
I was in line for Batwing when they all of a sudden shut it down without saying a thing other than we had to leave the area & it wasn't until I got on the midway heading toward superman that I noticed the two trains on the lift so that turned out to be the reason for the evacuation of the area.
Something major must've happened at SFGRADV to warrant a whole section being shutdown like that,something far more serious than a simple block violation resulting in a train getting stuck somewhere on the ride.
If someone was seriously injured, there was a major malfunction, or significant security threat, local news would have been all over it.
And it doesn't even have to be that serious. If someone scratches their knee while exiting a coaster car the headlines scream "ARE AMUSEMENT PARKS SAFE? Youth Injured on Roller Coaster of Death!"
Doesn't even have to be an accident to get the attention of the media. A few years ago at SFA Two Face was stuck on the lift and it made regional (not sure if national) newscasts... complete with circling helecopters.
So now the big question is... Where can you find more conspiracy theorists? Coaster web sites or Rosswell, NM?
Now if I remember correctly the incident actually made international news....it's just one more example of the media blowing a minor incident way out of proportion in an attempt to increase their ratings.
I'd say that the lack of local news coverage on this "situation" says a lot to the seriousness of whatever was happeneing. If someone was seriously injured, there was a major malfunction, or significant security threat, local news would have been all over it.
Not if they weren't given access to the area. The most they would get is a hearsay story from a supposed witness and not the facts therfore they are not likely to report it until a statement is released by the park or someones family.
In some instances, Someone passed away on a ride or something natural a statment may be released with condolences but if its a accident or ride caused or something, They will be very careful at what is released and when to release it.
I recall that last year when the shooting in the parking lot during FF occured the park wouldn't let the news media anywhere near the property so they had to do a report about a block or so up from the main gate on 214.
However, as always, the parachute drop ride was closed because there was a random breeze. What use is this ride if it can only run when there is not even the slightest breeze?
- J *** Edited 6/16/2006 4:48:02 PM UTC by ErinGoBraugh***
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