New Jersey amusement park injuries at a historic low

Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 2:53 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Despite New Jersey being home to roller coasters and water slides with names such as Wild One and Screamer Slide, it's become safer to go on rides at amusement parks here. Statistics from the state Department of Community Affairs, which oversees carnival and amusement ride inspections, show that the number of incidents involving injuries or ride shutdowns are at historic lows.

Read more from The Daily Record.

Thursday, May 26, 2011 3:03 PM

I can't keep a straight face when I hear about "higher gasoline prices" in the US.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011 3:53 PM

Well, they are higher. They may not be high, but they're higher.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011 7:16 PM

Isn't this the type of article that gets published just before a major accident?

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Thursday, May 26, 2011 7:53 PM

DaveStroem said:
Isn't this the type of article that gets published just before a major accident?

Well, the NJ State Fair at the Meadowlands does open next month..

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Thursday, May 26, 2011 10:22 PM

Well, we always have Jersey to thank for hideous bright orange restraints ;)

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Friday, May 27, 2011 10:11 AM

Yea makes me not want to ride the Zipper at the Carnival this year.

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Friday, May 27, 2011 10:43 AM

But if you've ridden the Zipper at the carnival before and didn't have an accident, then you never will.

[Now you had to know that was coming!]

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Friday, May 27, 2011 12:28 PM

[url][url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non_sequitur_(logic)

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Friday, May 27, 2011 12:37 PM

Your link doesn't work correctly, Billb. Seriously? Let me fix that link for you...

Non sequitur

Last edited by LostKause, Friday, May 27, 2011 12:40 PM
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Friday, May 27, 2011 6:46 PM

JOz99 said:
But if you've ridden the Zipper at the carnival before and didn't have an accident, then you never will.

[Now you had to know that was coming!]

I didn't see it coming, because it does't make any sense..... you're reversing Lost Kause and Lost Effect.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011 11:15 PM

Where is Edward Markey now :)

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Monday, May 30, 2011 1:38 AM

Probably out there bragging that all his outspokenness on the issue had something to do with it.

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Friday, June 3, 2011 10:32 PM

DaveStroem said:
Isn't this the type of article that gets published just before a major accident?

Well Dave called it.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/06/03/ferris.wheel.death/

This is my favorite Ferris wheel I have ever ridden. It is the largest one I have been on and the view is spectacular.

Such a shame. The cause of the little girl's fall is unknown.

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Friday, June 3, 2011 10:39 PM

I just submitted that story (from Reuters) to news. It is ironic.

Is this wheel the kind with gondolas (like Coney Island's Wonder Wheel) or the kind with totally exposed seats (like most smaller carnival wheels)?

I suspect with it being that tall, it is the kind with gondolas, in which case I must ask, how in the crap does someone fall from a ride with gondolas?

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Friday, June 3, 2011 10:58 PM

Morey's Giant Wheel is the kind with the Gondolas.

http://media.nj.com/route_45/photo/ghostship3jpg-c2e3a5d0af07d7d3.jpg

There was some speculation on another board I go to, run by someone who works for Morey that she was leaning out to talk to her friends in a different car, as she was in a car by herself. Take it with a grain of salt though.

But really, sans a mechanical failure, you're really not going to fall out of a ferris wheel if you're just sitting there.

Terribly sad though : (

Last edited by billb7581, Friday, June 3, 2011 10:58 PM
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Friday, June 3, 2011 11:37 PM

I guess that I forgot to add that this is very sad.

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Monday, June 6, 2011 12:16 PM

When I heard about this I got a chill because of my comment above.

I too have ridden this wheel and can't see how anyone could fall out if they were sitting down or not leaning out. Having meet Jack Morey and many of his team, I know that they are also in pain and shock about this accident.

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