New York releases report on Darien Lake roller coaster death

Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 12:19 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Before Sgt. James Hackemer died in a fall off a ride at Darien Lake Theme Park, he inquired about boarding procedures for disabled riders. Hackemer went to guest services about an hour and a half before he died. The report states that procedures were explained to Hackemer and that he also declined a brochure titled "A Guide to Fun at the Park for Guests with Disabilities."

Read more from The Democrat and Chronicle.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 10:49 PM

Krause is not your friend.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 10:54 PM

Or Krause, or Maverick.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 11:00 PM

If I have to live with Techno, you have to live with Krause!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 11:00 PM

If Krause could support a hotel--

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 11:01 PM

Krause is the new Techno Richard!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 11:01 PM

Vater said:
If Krause could support a hotel--

Are you kidding me? Krause is a day trip, at best!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 11:03 PM

Hahahaha!

Yeah. What ever happened to URC?

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 11:06 PM

(Rolls eyes, shakes head, smiles, shrugs, and holds mouth funny).

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 11:48 PM

So.. the guy did have part of one leg. His amputation was just above the knee which provided some body part underneath the lap bar. Discuss.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:45 AM

Barely. His other leg was gone past the hip, which basically turned whatever good portion he had on the other side into a fulcrum for which his body to pivot from as he left the train.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 9:35 AM

DL just announced that ROS is closed for the remainder of the season, due to the chain snapping earlier in the week, and the unavailability of the parts at the moment.

via Facebook...
Darien Lake Resort
"Unfortunately, due to repairs requiring customized parts, the Ride of Steel will be closed for the remainder of the season. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience. ROS will re-open next season."

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 9:49 AM

I wonder if anyone here was on the one at SFA when its chain broke...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:00 AM

If you happen by the station at SFA, be sure to bow at the plaque.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:53 AM

I guess it's time to start the rehab early! Repaint and rename. Give the great coaster a fresh coat and new name that carries no reference to its previous name, Superman: "Ride of Steel." I want this park to turn the corner.

(Note: I know there are no immediate plans for rehab)

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:42 PM

Krause, Being an ex-cop I have my suspicions and what perfect way to commit suicide and blame the park for one's own death than this. I can't help it that those who are on this forum can't think outside the box and want to blame the park for the sgt's death caused by his own actions.

Krause, I would say the same thing to you since you don't want to see the obvious when it's staring you in the face about this incident.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:43 PM

I think it's cute that you accuse others of not thinking outside the box, when you've demonstrated that you're unwilling to consider any idea other than the one you keep repeating.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 2:07 PM

I'[ve been reluctant to speak plainly on this because it is a very sensitive subject. Nonetheless, I'll come out and say it now, and be as polite as I can while not sacrificing clarity.

There has been ONE incident that I can think of since '99 (when I became aware) where someone "likely intentionally" caused their own death at an amusement park. That being the young man who managed to somehow get out of the shoulder restraints on Shockwave at PKD. I would never say its a certainty, because that would entail reading the mind of the individual, and he's no longer around to ask. But I can't think of another fatality whereby it SEEMED as though the intention were to come out of the coaster train.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 3:23 PM

Carrie J. said:
If you happen by the station at SFA, be sure to bow at the plaque.

I think they've since erected a copper statue in front of the station. Pretty good likeness, too.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 9:32 PM

I am not allowed to misspell your name the way I want to, Majorcut, but let me say that I want to insert the letter "n" near the end. Every time I read you name, I lol. It's funny because it is true.

You are telling the wrong person to "think outside the box".

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 9:58 PM

Majorcut'n? Are you saying he uses flash pass? ;)

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