PKI's Top Gun open after train strikes maintenance vehicle

Posted Monday, July 22, 2002 5:01 AM | Contributed by ldiesman

A roller coaster at Paramount's Kings Island is running with only half its seats after the coaster hit a parked maintenance vehicle earlier this week. A Kings Island spokesman says an employee parked the vehicle in the path of the Top Gun roller coaster during a routine safety check Tuesday. Both the ride and the vehicle were empty and no one was injured.

Read more from WTVG/Cincinnati.

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Monday, July 22, 2002 5:41 AM
Actually I think half the seats means it's running one train instead of two.

It seems that several parks are having problems with their lock out, tag out procedures. A lock from operations and a lock from whoever (maintenance?) was operating the truck should have gone on before the truck entered to area. The lock should only have come off after the truck was verified by both maintenance and operations as clear of the train and all personnel were out of the hazard area. (Note: I don't have any reason to believe that personnel were in the hazard area, but the truck certainly was in the way.)

*** This post was edited by Jim Fisher on 7/22/2002. ***

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Monday, July 22, 2002 5:41 AM

Wow, that was kind of odd. I am glad that no one was on the ride at the time. Hopefully that the park fixes the damaged cars soon so the ride can go back to regular operation.

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Monday, July 22, 2002 10:14 AM
How bad was it? Which part of the ride as well.

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Monday, July 22, 2002 1:41 PM
Why are KI's Arrow suspendeds cursed? Glad no one was injured.....that would have been ugly.
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Monday, July 22, 2002 1:56 PM
And I was looking forward to getting several rides on Top Gun next week on my trip. Hopefully the lines won't be too long. I'm guessing the truck wa sparked near Sonny down in the lower region of Top Gun's layout near that the near-miss fly by of Sonny's massive wall of wood.
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Monday, July 22, 2002 2:05 PM
When I was there in June two trains didn't seem to have that much of an affect. By the time the train in the station was loading the other one was already on the brakes. Maybe only one train will good.
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Monday, July 22, 2002 4:39 PM
I think they should make there trains floorless suspened.
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Thursday, July 25, 2002 11:39 PM

Now there's an intelligent opinion.

Anyways, Petree, now that there's only 1 train, the people in the station have to wait about one minute and forty five seconds it to come back. Before, they would have been at least 3/4 of the way done with loading by then. It is making a big difference in its capacity. However, the line is still not very long because, although it would be big at some other parks, it is practically a kiddie ride at PKI (i.e. that's mostly who rides it: kids too afraid to ride SOB so they go down line right next to it)

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