POWDER KEG CRASH

Tuesday, March 22, 2005 10:08 PM
Ozarks Fox, KSFX, in Springfield, MO just reported that Powder Keg crashed during testing today (Tuesday) and four people were injured. I guess it didn't make it up the lauch, and there was an empty train in the launch building....
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005 10:43 PM
Well, the scenario you proposed would be impossible. The train is on a sliding platform when it moves into the launch building. If it doesn't clear the first hill, there is a roll back area. All logical designs would have sensors at the top of the first hill so another train wouldn't be "slid" into the launch building until the first train has cleared the first hill.

My guess would be that there was a brake failure. If not that, the chain lift that is half way through the ride could have stopped for some reason leaving a train stranded at the bottom of the lift. Then, an oncoming train rammed the first train while it was on the stalled lift hill.

Again, that's just my guess, I'd have to see the report to be able to say one way or another.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005 10:48 PM

Coaster Lover said:

If not that, the chain lift that is half way through the ride could have stopped for some reason leaving a train stranded at the bottom of the lift. Then, an oncoming train rammed the first train while it was on the stalled lift hill.


In theory, that wouldn't be possible either... blocking and sensors being the reason again. So... anyone have the full story, or at least picture proof?

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005 10:57 PM
Yikes! This is very bad for SDC. I hope they get the ride fixed up and working safely.

Hopefully there will be some details on what happened soon.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005 10:57 PM
YOu're right...in theory that would be impossible under normal circumstances. But accidents don't happen under normal circumstances. Block violations do happen!
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005 11:10 PM
I hate that people were injured, not a good sign. Esp. for a coaster that just opened.

How bad were the trains damaged, if any real damage?

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 12:06 AM
Well, here's the webpage of the News Channel the poster is refering to, but I don't see any information on the subject...

http://www.fox27.com/Default.asp

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 12:14 AM
When X-Flight first opened, there were block violations all the time. Luckily, the errors were only encountered with 1 train operation... the train would literally skip through the brake run and fly into the station like something out of RCT.

I hate to say it, but it sounds like maybe something similar happened here (assuming this is true).

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 1:09 AM
Yikes, hopefully this doesn't delay it being open, I had planned on going in a week over spring break.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 1:18 AM
Hope this doesnt delay anything. I rode Powderkeg last thursday on st. patty's day and it was AWESOME! Better than Wildfire in my opinion. Yeah I was planning on going down there this weekend, scratch that idea.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 2:07 AM
If it's true, how could it now delay the offical opening?
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 2:57 AM
Of course it would be better than Wildfire! Anything with at least a few airtime hills is better than an airtimeless looper. I'm WF is a good ride but I think PK will be better!! I hope they get it fixed soon!
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 3:27 AM
This is terrible news for SDC. Maybe that ride (buzzsaw/PK) is just cursed. I was supposed to go to the park today, but plans fell through at the last minute. I am glad I wasn't there for that.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 8:28 AM
Why is there no report of this yet in the news? Anyone find a link yet? I did a Google News search with no luck, you'd think something be'd posted by now?
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 8:52 AM
And still no word on the Ozarks Fox website either?

Lame high-school prank, anyone?

-CO

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 9:04 AM
His AOL IM ID and Yahoo ID is: IrishFootball42 may I suggest a IM Flood letting said high school senior know what happens when you mess with coaster enthusiast?
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 9:06 AM
What--and pay him ATTENTION? Oh, come on.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 9:13 AM
I think his account should be cancelled.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 9:29 AM
There is nothing in the news. As far as I'm concerned it didn't happen until we see otherwise.
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