Posted Thursday, August 14, 2003 4:52 AM | Contributed by Strijder
Hawley Webb of New Port Ritchie was riding Dueling Dragons at Universal's Islands of Adventure when his prosthetic leg somehow slipped off. The park believes the leg fell in a pond underneath the ride but divers have not been able to locate. The park said that it will replace the leg if the original cannot be found.
Wouldn't it hurt if the leg hit the other train on a fly-by? Ouch. I feel for the guy though. I know someone with a "fake leg", as he calls it, and it's hard to think how it would come off. Alot of the time they are held on quite tight.
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I was on it when I saw something that looked like a leg fly off. I think it was either on Ice's zero-g or loop. Pretty scary. Everybody started talking about it, too. They even closed the ride at 7:00 to start searching for it.
You know, I was driving across the "blacked out" Ontario when I heard about this on the radio. My question is, why was he allowed to ride in the first place. Also, it's not really funny, but at the time when it was being reported on it sounded really funny due to how "non-news-worthy" it was compared to the black-out that was airing at the same time.
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jrhodes, why not? Almost all coasters (besides standups) are listed in special access passes as a green light for those with at least one functioning arm and one functioning leg. Why limit someone when you wouldn't have to.
I think the more appropriate question would be, why didn't he remove the leg before riding? Like I said before, we had quite a few riders with prosthetic legs come through the line, a few regular season pass holders.
Oh this is great, just great. It is ok not to have reasonable length seat belts in ride trains but it is ok to have people with a prosthetic limbs that may become unfastened and smack you in the head ride these rough attractions. Those prosthetic limbs are hard plastic. You get whacked with one of them you will see stars that might not otherwise be part of a planned effect of the attraction.
I hope the operations personnel at cedar point is not reading this thread, they will end up re editing their 32 page 2003 Rider Safety guide.