Land Rover tumbles on Rhino Rally

Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2001 4:31 AM | Contributed by Jeff

One of the customized Land Rovers on Busch Gardens Tampa's new Rhino Rally rolled over, tossing some of the passengers. Two people suffered minor injuries.

Read more from The Miami Herald.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 4:33 AM
Jeff's avatar I have to say I'm not that surprised. Have you seen these things? They look a bit too top heavy to me. I think the modifications have put the center of gravity somewhere it shouldn't be.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 5:07 AM
I agree, Jeff! When you ride on the Skyway and watch those things move, every turn appears that it could tip. And that's with them driving really slow. Perhaps a new design (although that would take forever) or some added weight in the lower center of the vehicle would alleviate the problem.

-Shady
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 5:17 AM
I hate to say it but this adds credence to the case for regulation. The parks better take care of themselves because there has been a rash of bad press this summer and it isn't even July 4th yet.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 6:17 AM
Jeff's avatar When a big SUV tips over, that has nothing to do with rides or the regulation of rides. It's a car, and cars aren't nearly as safe as amusement rides.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 6:24 AM
Ah, but I disagree. I'm not one for regulation, but Jeff, it IS an amusement ride. Vehicle or not, it's in an amusement park, and it is a ride.

I will agree that cars are more dangerous than every other type of amusement ride, but these cars are part of this amusement ride, thus making this ride inherently more dangerous than, say, a roller coaster. Human error definately plays more a role in this ride.

As I said.... I'm conservative politically and think less government is better, meaning I don't want to see government regulation of amusement parks.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 7:26 AM
Ok, that's todays accident. What's gonna happen tomorrow?
In all seriousness, there seems to be a new accident/incident related to major rides every day now, I just have to wonder who is gonna be unfortunate enough to be in tomorrow's accident?
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 8:40 AM
With this new problem (see 2nd half of ride not working correctly story from last week), I think it's back to the drawing board for Busch.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 9:06 AM
I have a feeling this one is going to be credited to "operator error." I kind of wonder: Is this really an amusement ride? Not that it matters, as it's operating in an exempted park in Florida.

In all honesty, I think this is one of those problems that shows up on an attraction system that there really is no way of identifying it until it gets to operating with real operators and real passengers aboard. And here Busch thought their biggest problems were with the rapid river segment...!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 9:36 AM
Yikes, I was wondering how long it would take for a guide to get a little TOO comfortable with the course, obviously it did not take long. Hopefully this will not change the ride operations too much, it looks like a pretty cool ride.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 10:13 AM
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 10:19 AM
I expect to see anti-roll mechanisms on this ride that will deploy when the car passes a certain pitch, kinda like the tilt on a pinball machine.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 10:59 AM
This string of incidents is wierd, but this incident does not surprize me. Ever since I saw this attraction on one of the Discovery Channel shows I thought that a vehichle could tip very easy. Markey will love this one. *** This post was edited by tservo on 6/27/2001. ***
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 11:26 AM
Ok, probably not going on that ride when we hit Florida in September, although I really did want to experience it. Maybe we'll still go. As far as this ride goes, do you think Busch will remove it or spend the money to rework the vehicles so they don't rollover?
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 12:11 PM
may be they should be down a track, which the car is attached too... and then it wont tip because of wheels that are placed under the track
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 12:39 PM
There was one moment on this ride that I thought we would tip. I was sort of near the beggining. If I remember correctly theres a part were they raised the road on the right side so it feels like your gonna tip. Now I dont know if it happened at the same point on the ride, but I remember thinking we were gonna tip. Thats the only part I can think of that would make it tip.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 1:16 PM
Am I the only one who finds humor in this? That is what happens when you make a top heavy Land Rover make tight turns...Thank God nobody was serioursly hurt though.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 1:32 PM
Busch gardens spen't ton's of cash to get this ride up and working, even though the landrovers were slightly paid for by land rover(i hered this bvy an employee), most of the money went to the river expierence which still is being tweeked. if you have seen this rought though, it is so crampede, ytou can see other vehicles when you are going through the land pertion,
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 1:33 PM
Sorry the last mesage sent to early with out a spell check.

Busch gardens spen't ton's of cash to get this ride up and working, even though the landrovers were slightly paid for by land rover(I hered this by an employee), most of the money went to the river expierence which still is being tweeked. if you have seen this rought though, it is so crampede, you can see other vehicles when you are going through the land pertion,
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Wednesday, June 27, 2001 2:05 PM
SUVs do tend to turn over very easy.

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