I was there just yesterday and I rode Superman twice. I certainly noticed that the ride operators were stapling EVERYONE, without exception. This is by far the most disturbing news I have ever heared because of the fact that Superman is the most perfect steel coaster in existance. It was running incredibly well, with floating air on the way uphills, ejection air on the way down. If the rider is not at fault, Intamin is screwed. Regardless, this is a huge blow to all parties involved.
But from reading the article...he was "spinning"? Not something you'd expect to happen, one would think. But I'm not speculating anything. Just pondering. I would love to ride Superman at SFA in MD...are these two coasters very similar? How do the two ride compared to each other?
About the only similarities between Superman at SFNE and the Superman at SFA are that they are both hypercoasters, they are both Intamin products, and they are both Superman themed, that's about where the similarities end. Check out the pictures on www.rcdb.com and you'll see how remarkably different they are. *** This post was edited by Coaster Lover 5/1/2004 8:10:46 PM ***
Well, the video didn't help much except the same information as before except a few clips of the witneses.
Sounds like it happened at the final turn as it was coming in, not during the final half where the thing zig zags all over the place. The distance of the fall was estimated at 20'... that's about the same height the guy from Darien Lake's Superman fell out of during the last bunny hop in 1999. He survived, but not without life-long problems.
Well first of all, This is very sad news and my heart goes out to his family.
I just think with all these accidents with these restraints, I think we will see them being replaced with the curved bar restraints liek the ones found on TTD and Xcel. Those can properly support you and feel alot more comfortable.
Regardless of today's accident, I would definitely be a major proponent of such a modification. That's not to say that I've ever felt insecure in a Intamin Hyper/Gigacoaster train, but it would significantly lessen the responsibility of the ride operators regarding their decision on who can and cannot ride.
I just can't stand the media sometimes. All the Boston networks during the 11PM news tonight all stated incorrect info concerning S:ROS in one way or another. The best: "The coaster uses seat belts to hold riders in...similar to those on an airplane." No mention that the seatbelts are a backup to the main restraint system!! What happened is horrible and I am not trivializing the accident in ANY way. I just wish reporters would do more due diligence before stating misleading facts to further scare the public.