Man dies after falling off Ride of Steel at Darien Lake

Friday, July 8, 2011 7:26 PM

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Friday, July 8, 2011 7:33 PM

Another one...

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Friday, July 8, 2011 8:42 PM

Looks like the man had no legs...

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Friday, July 8, 2011 8:57 PM

Go Intamin!

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Friday, July 8, 2011 9:17 PM

If he had no legs, he shouldn't have been riding. Simple as that. I can't recall the rule for prosthetics off the top of my head (I'm thinking Intamin handed down a manufacturer recommendation not too long ago, but not sure), but no legs should be an automatic no-no I would think.

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Friday, July 8, 2011 9:24 PM

maXairMike said:
If he had no legs, he shouldn't have been riding. Simple as that. I can't recall the rule for prosthetics off the top of my head (I'm thinking Intamin handed down a manufacturer recommendation not too long ago, but not sure), but no legs should be an automatic no-no I would think.

I don't remember the specific phrasing or terminology, but at some point on my recently completed trip, I saw a sign on one of the coasters (sorry, memory fails) specifically addressing amputees/people lacking one or both lower limbs. It gave specifics of what needed to happen with the restraints in order for those folks to ride. The headline I saw earlier specified this gentleman fell out of ROS, but these stories evolve..see Knoebels pool fatality.

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Friday, July 8, 2011 9:32 PM

Wow, Iraq war vet who lost both his legs. If he had two prosthetic legs and was wearing longs pants (just speculation), how could the ops have known?

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Friday, July 8, 2011 9:46 PM

^And really, there are prosthetics out there these days that are amazingly realistic. Wondering if/how a ride-op could be held responsible...when they may not even know that a rider was not capable of riding safely. These RoS rides feature an incredible amount of airtime...guests really do have to be responsible for making a decision about their own ability to ride safely.

Condolences to the family in any case...it's been a tough couple weeks...:(

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Friday, July 8, 2011 10:32 PM

If the man had no legs, then he had to transfer from a wheelchair to the ride. It's a touchy subject, but a disabled riders manual should have stated how many limbs is required to be able to ride certain rides. A man with no legs is probably going to have that manual.

The ride operator is not allowed to offer a disabled person any assistance onto a ride, therefore, this man must have had someone with him. That someone may have had a chance to familiarize him or herself with the manual as well.

The article doesn't state how much of each leg was missing. If one or both of his legs were only partially missing, whatever the policy is for the coaster could have been somewhat confusing.

I'll be very interested in reading some updates.

Oh... My condolences to his family and friends. The story became more real to me after I saw his photo in the linked story. He looked like a nice fellow.

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Friday, July 8, 2011 10:53 PM

Yeah, it is a very sad incident for the family, and I don't quite mean to come across as a cold-hearted person who feels no emotions, but I am rather...detached when it comes to issues of rider responsibility.

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Friday, July 8, 2011 10:59 PM

From the photos of the man I saw, his amputations were well about the knee. I don't know if he was wearing prosthetics or not, but I do have a friend that is a double amputee that I have never seen in a wheel chair. He walks everywhere and most of the time just with a cane.

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Friday, July 8, 2011 11:05 PM

For consistency, we'll keep the primary discussion in the new forum...

http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Thread/59050.aspx

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Closed topic.

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