Lake Compounce doesn't have policy for working around coaster

Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2001 5:35 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A new report says that Lake Compounce does not have a policy for working around roller coasters. The worker who was killed by a testing train apparently knew it was operating.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2001 5:41 AM
I think, as they stated, the media "overblew" this accident. Not to be rude, but the guys dead, let's make a rule about weedwackin' under a coaster, and let's just move on. It's sad, but it's time to let go.
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 6:12 AM
What's this? The media overblowing something? Say it ain't so, chief!
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 6:21 AM
LOL! That was great turnofthecentury.
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 6:40 AM
It sounds as if the accident was intentional, meaning suicide.
It's tragic for the family involved, but the media seems to keep looking to blame the park for this.
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 8:01 AM
What in that particular article points to suicide? And there is a certain amount of burden on the park. Note the article states that more than one person was working near the coaster.
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 8:02 AM
That's a terrible way to die.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2001 8:14 AM
The reason I think possibly suicide is that I cannot imagine why anyone would put their head up through the tracks, especially with the train being tested.
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 9:56 AM
The track can get pretty low sometimes. I've always been yelled at by my bosses if I haven't done my job completely, even if they didn't say to do something. That's my only reasoning. It's a horrible way to die, and I feel very bad for him. He was just trying to do his job, and make the park look nice, a job that we don't appreciate a lot of the time. But the media blew this way out of proportion in my opinion, like they always do. They get their hands on something and they just run with it.
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 11:38 AM
Of course the media is going to blow this out of proportion. There have certainly been alot of front-page theme park accidents lately, and it makes great business for them when there's some sort of 'conspiracy' or something. If I died like that, I wouldn't want the story plastered over every newspaper trying to find some good dirt. Personally, I think that the accident needs to be looked at very seriously by the park, but the media (Bringers of truth and justice) should just stay away from it. It's quite rude.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2001 4:07 PM
That's not safe for a worker.

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Thursday, June 21, 2001 5:53 AM
[major sarcasm]
Coasters must be unsafe!! Despite the industry having such a high deathrate of about six people a year, I personally think that this IS a consipicy and we should all forget about coasters, parks should tear them down, and Jeff should close Coasterbuzz.
[ end major sarcasm]
Jeff, that link to the article says "story not found". Isn't Boulderdash a terrain coasters? The park had no idea something like this was going to happen. Another article said he wasn't even wearing hearing protection meaning he could hear the train coming. I still think that perhaps the track was low, he put his head through the track for some reason, probably to straighten his neck, and the train was coming, and he couldn't get out in time. And every time the media brings this up, don't you think it might hurt or even anger the family? Sort of invading their privacy.

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