Montezooma rider dies following seizure

Posted Monday, September 3, 2001 5:25 PM | Contributed by supermandl

A rider on Montezooma's Revenge at Knott's Berry Farm apparently suffered a seizure on the ride and later died in the hospital.

Read more from The LA Times.

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Monday, September 3, 2001 5:32 PM
This year has been horrible in terms of deaths/injuries on coasters.
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Monday, September 3, 2001 5:41 PM
Yes it has. And in California too. Goliath, Tecups, and now Montezooma. Is California cursed?

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Monday, September 3, 2001 5:59 PM
Oh no:(My prayers go out to the family, it really has been a bad year...

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Monday, September 3, 2001 6:14 PM
Man poor lady! My prayers also go out to the family.  That must be tough for California theme parks.

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Monday, September 3, 2001 7:30 PM
Montezooma' Revenge has quite an impressive safety record. Since 1978, the ride had taken in around 44.5 MILLION riders and this was the first fatal accident which had occured, if there were any small ones ever to begin with. There are a lot of "dumb" people who know they have a pre-existing medical condition and yet, still ride coasters, thinking "they can take it."
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Monday, September 3, 2001 7:56 PM

My deepest sympathies to her family. :(

I am saddened by yet another death.

Thank you Jeff for posting this story and having the courage to continue posting these updates even though this topic has brought many a disagreement.

You have demonstrated integrity by posting this story... again ....thank you!..I may disagree with you over a few issues, but you have gained my respect by passing on information of accidents to your subscribers. We may disagree about various issues, but I am glad you at least entertain a decent discussion here on CoasterBuzz.


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Monday, September 3, 2001 8:08 PM
Clearly we need to know more about the brain and rides effects on the brain. Scary stuff.

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Monday, September 3, 2001 8:42 PM
It is a scary thing when someone dies on a ride such as this. Montezooma's Revenge is a classic at KBF, and when someone dies because of it, it really makes you wonder if you are safe.
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Monday, September 3, 2001 9:04 PM
cmon guys a lot of you people sound like you are giving up on roller coaster safety. SFMM Lover is sayin it really makes you wonder if you are safe. My deepest sympathy goes out to all the families but it was a freak accident, and she knew about the problem and shouldnt have risked herself into riding it. She now brings a personal problem into the hands of millions of people, the riders of the coasters, cause she felt she could go upside down and withstand 4 g's. Well I'm sorry the brain dont work like that. But again im sorry for the deaths of the many across the world from amusement rides.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2001 3:14 AM
It may be a bad year for coasters, but none of these deaths were caused by the coaster/ride.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2001 4:43 AM
Yeah you should know of any pre-existing medical conditions you have and take them into consideration. But these people might of never had any past medical problem, correct? So when you think about it...We all should go through routine medical examination before visting park. Yeah right. No ones gonna do that. I guess accidents like these are just bound to happen but its not really anybodys fault but the rider themself.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2001 7:05 AM
BB... Go away, please, get over your panic.  44.5 million riders and this is the first person that dies.  That's called pre-existing.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2001 10:01 AM
How do we classify deaths and injuries due to preexisting conditions?  I know how Ed Markey and the CPSC will classify them.  How will someone who thinks carefully classify them?  The death which occurred on Goliath earlier this year is a clear example of a death that was not primarily caused by the coaster.  The coroner's report indicated that the victem had a serious problem that could have resulted in death at almost any timel.  There have also been a couple of deaths reported in which the person might have lived for many years if his activity had been limited, and if he had known that he had a problem that required limiting activity.  There is also the possibility that an extremely minor injury can develop into something serious or fatal due to inattention, error, or bizarre chain of events.

I believe that OSHA has developed some guidelines for these types of circumstances that are used to determine if a death is work related or not.  Perhaps the CPSC would be best off using the same guidelines as OSHA.  However, for now their analysis is so poor that they are still listing worker deaths as consumer deaths and a water slide death as a ride death even though their own guidelines place water slides in a separate category.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2001 12:16 PM
Here we have everyone jumping to conclusions, wait to see the final outcome and Medical examniners report before we start pointing the finger, Should be interesting to see what is found.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2001 8:03 PM
O.K. then @ what age should I stop riding Thrill Rides ??? I am 32 years old & afraid of heights BUT will probably attemp to ride Vertigo @ Cedar Point. I am in good physical condition But have a irregular heartbeat (a sinus arythmia). Doc's say no big deal.       PRAY FOR ME.....
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Tuesday, September 4, 2001 8:32 PM

SNOOPY:

There is NO panic in my comment.. No ..I will not go away..you need to learn how to have tolerance for people who have different opinions than you. It is called "Maturity".
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Tuesday, September 4, 2001 9:02 PM
BB:

I know of you and your site, you do a very good job. But you know and everyone else knows that this safety fiasco is far from done. Everyone seems to have the answer yet something new always seems to pop up.

Who ever can come up with a solution to this safety fiasco is a pure genius, and BB you know and everyone else knows, that this whole thing is about one thing, and that is money. How do does the amusement park save themself money and how do we save the patron money. If that is figured out everything else will fall into place.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2001 9:25 PM
Snoopy-

Do you have some kind of immense fear of what BB is saying and that maybe she is making some valid points? Of all the posts of hers you choose to attack, you attack one in which she is thanking Jeff for putting this information out so that we are all made aware of what is going on with the parks.

Why did you single her out,out of all the other people here that basically said the same things as she did,you have to blast her. Where does that come from.

Yes this was a pre-existing condition that the woman should have taken in to account. Until we know more we can't say if the ride did/didn't have an affect on her. One thing is for sure though,and that is that more research needs to be done on the affects of trauma to the brain for us to fully understand what the dangers are. And I'm not talking just about thrill rides, but anything that can cause brain trauma.

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