Log boat ride accident kills one person, injures five in Thailand

Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2007 9:48 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A power cut caused a fun-ride accident that killed one person and injured five others, four of them children. Pachadaporn Konggrarian, 34, received a severe head injury and complained of abdominal pain. She died five hours later in hospital. The accident happened on the Indiana Log ride about noon at Siam Park. The six people were riding in two boats gliding down a slope, about 20m high, when the amusement park's electricity system malfunctioned.

Read more from The Bangkok Post.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 9:49 AM
It's not a huge pictures, but you can kind of see the ride here:

Pretty strange that this even possible.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 10:18 AM
Is that a bunny hop on a log flume?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 11:11 AM
In the article, it says the logs are attached to a rail, so a bunny hop is possible.

I'm a tad surprised parks don't have more backup generators for power failures to prevent accidents like this.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 12:22 PM
"Park assistant director Noppakan Luang-amornlert apologised for the accident, which she blamed on a brownout and staff recklessness. But she insisted no-one fell out of the boat yesterday."

Move on...nothing to see here...really.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 1:56 PM
Doesn't the HP log flume have a bunny hop?

I don't get how a lack of electricity would cause a death on this ride. What am I missing?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 3:14 PM
Yes it does

I have been on another flume ride that had a bunny hop, but I can't remember where it was.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 3:34 PM
I'm assuming HP = Hershey Park. I wouldn't really consider what's at the bottom of their drop a bunny hop like the one pictured. I'd more consider the one on Splash a bunny hop.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 3:34 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 4:57 PM
The original link was dead by the time I went to read it. But I found this follow-up.


They're saying the pumps failed, leaving insufficient water in the trough to slow down the second boat and cushion the impact of the two boats.

Two workers arrested, and the park promising financial support to the victim's stepdaughter through university. We're not in America, are we?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 9:19 PM
If something like this accident happened in the US, I would wonder if someone would still sue the park despite them going far and above out of their way to try to make amends.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 11:52 PM
In regards to "bunny hops", SFFT's Bug's White Water Rapids, has a bunny hop.

Just thought you'd like to know.

Thursday, October 25, 2007 1:02 PM
^^ If someone agreed to a settlement with the park they would be signing away any additional claims against that park.

If they weren't satisfied with the offer filing suit would be the next logical step.


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