From the looks of things the wheel assembly definitely failed but what I want to know is why didn't the rear right wheel of the car prevent it from tipping? as that didn't,or shouldn't have even failed.
If the left rear assembly broke then it should still had support from the left front,right front & right rear axles,much like what happened on Wild thing & chiller last year or more notably on SFGRAM's Demon back in 98.
Terrible accident. Thoughts and prayers to those involved and the girl's family.
Most, if not all, coasters in Japan have a walkway with railings along one side of the entire length of the track. I wonder if this was the reason for the injuries once the axel broke?
I've always noticed this in pictures. Is this some sort of law? There's lots of steel coasters that seems to have no elements besides mabye a helix, and always the walkways one one, sometimes both sides of the track.
So why is there a railing there? If there was some sort of a failure in the ride due to an earthquake, either the car wouldn't stop right there due to it going through there at high enough speed to make the next hill, or it's low enough to the ground that people could just jump down.
I feel bad that someone had to get killed to make it an issue, but at what point do over-reaching "safety" measures cause more problems than the original machine/ride? I've wondered since riding the SRoS coasters if there is some sort of inherent safety reason that Intamin designed those lapbar restraints the way they did (that open), and now a knee-jerk reaction is going to lock people into the train no matter what ... there's NO wiggling out of those things. Not to be a downer, but what if there was a quick-moving fire in the station? I think so much effort goes into "safety" sometimes that people fail to look at the bigger picture and think of the damage that safety systems can cause.
Should we install 4-point harnesses with Master Locks on every ride because people can stand up if they so desire? Should we require roller coasters to use twice as much support in the event that a column is faulty? Absolutely not. Laws have to be passed in good faith... we can't second guess our best judgment because someone else can screw up.
The latest. Am posting it to the news thread as well.
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