Japanese tourist dies in Cambodian roller coaster derailment

Posted Monday, March 25, 2013 7:44 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond

A female Japanese tourist died Friday night in a roller coaster derailment at an amusement park in Cambodia, a local government official said Saturday. Bun Tharith, deputy governor of Siem Reap Province, identified the victim as 21-year-old Saki Takita from Aomori Prefecture.

Read more from The Japan Times.

Monday, March 25, 2013 10:03 PM

This is my main fear of riding a coaster in a 2nd or 3rd world country. The Western world exported this technology to them, and they don't know how to take care of it properly. It's not worth it.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 7:49 AM

Apparently, many of these countries have very very stringent safety standards, but I certainly wouldn't ride a Cambodian coaster.

When I was in Costa Rica, everybody was wanting to ride this one roller coaster with a loop in it, and the loop was so small that people on the front end of the train were high fiving the people in the back of the train while going through the loop. This was a big resounding NO for me.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:06 AM

Is there any data to suggest that coasters in 2nd world countries are less safe than what we ride in the US?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:29 AM

Well, that one just derailed...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 10:44 AM

Was just watching a video of a small coaster somewhere in China, and the thing was practically rotted through with rust on the cars, and it was making all sorts of godawful noises. I'd never ride it. But honestly, I'm not one to answer that question...

...Richard Bannister knows all.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:39 AM

^I'll take your spot bunky! Even if I went and rode the most poorly-maintained looking rides on the planet, the chance of me getting hurt is about 40,000,000 times less than getting in a car accident, getting ran over by a rogue shopping cart or getting a very bad infection on my index finger after getting cut by a corn can.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 6:37 PM

that's why I don't eat corn. :-)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:06 PM

^Serously. Three measly little stitches caused 7 doctor visits, a visit to the ER including X-rays, blood drawn, an IV, numerous shots, the wound getting un-stitched and cut open, etc. etc... it was almost as if I had rode Son Of Beast or something. But less painful.

Geez I get off topic easily. Does anyone know which coaster this tragedy happened on?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:18 PM

http://rcdb.com/9868.htm Most likely 1 of these

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:19 PM
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:36 PM

OMG, seriously? And here, all this time I've been calling Darien a dump! My apologies!

Sadder yet? If it is indeed the "park" this poor gal from Japan of all places, where they have lovely amusement parks, felt the need to stop there for a spin? Happy Land. Omg.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:05 AM

I'll ride some shady stuff, but that is just creepy looking. Like those abandoned amusement parks that everyone has had at least one nightmare about.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 9:34 PM

The only amusement park nightmare I've had is showing up to the Flashpass distribution center and finding out that their sold out with the last one going to some guy who calls himself Krause. ;)

I say that all in good fun and jest, Travis. Nothing but respect for ya.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:42 PM

Well there goes TPR's Cambodia trip.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 11:00 PM

Tek, they'll still go. Have you seen some of the places they go?!

Friday, March 29, 2013 10:28 AM

bjames said:

This is my main fear of riding a coaster in a 2nd or 3rd world country. The Western world exported this technology to them, and they don't know how to take care of it properly. It's not worth it.

Give me a break. Amusement ride accidents happen all over the world, not just in second and third world countries. Just take a look at http://www.rideaccidents.com/. It's worth pointing out that a few fairly reputable ride companies come from outside the "Western World", such as Sansei, Meisho, and Togo.

I've ridden some rides that looked to be in fairly frightening condition - predominantly in China - and have yet to have a problem. A few of them have hurt a lot, but then I could say the same thing for certain rides in the USA - such as the Coney Island Cyclone, the old Serial (Thr/K)iller in Geauga Lake, et al.

As for a coaster club of any description going to Cambodia, I doubt that somehow. These trips need a certain number of people in order to make money, and that will only generally happen when there are at least a few significant coasters on the route.

Friday, March 29, 2013 11:29 AM

That was a joke about TPR. Ha ha.

Friday, March 29, 2013 11:40 AM

Tekwardo said:

That was a joke about TPR. Ha ha.

Perhaps you could explain it to me...? I'm apparently a bit slow today.

Friday, March 29, 2013 1:49 PM

I'm not sure I can really explain it. I know TPR wasn't really interested in going to Cambodia. And now with one of the 5 known operating coasters down, I was just kind of attempting some observational humor. Apparently I failed.

Friday, March 29, 2013 4:45 PM

Fair enough :)


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