It's sad to see so many posts like this in the forum, but the AP is reporting that 40 people were injured when a ride collapsed at Liseberg. From the description, it sounds like the ride is a Huss Rainbow or variant thereof.
Really DOES seem like a bad year for amusement rides. I guess maybe I'm just not used to hearing about so many of them because I've never been a member of an amusement park website before. Hope everyone is okay: prayers out to all injured.
^^Look at it this way. There are over 40,000 traffic fatalities annually in the U.S., and there are usually only 1-2 coaster-related fatalities per year in the U.S. That number is even lower when you don't count deaths that were a result of rider error.
This year is no worse than most.
Now if you look at carnivals, on the other hand, the safety record is much less impressive.
I seem to recall last year reading a lot of posts here that it was a terrible year for ride accidents. The fact that such items are rare is what makes them news. Stuff that happens all the time doesn't get reported.
Olsor said: ^^Look at it this way. There are over 40,000 traffic fatalities annually in the U.S., and there are usually only 1-2 coaster-related fatalities per year in the U.S. That number is even lower when you don't count deaths that were a result of rider error.
The 40,000 would drop to 0 if you removed driver error. ;)
It's always been my silent fear when riding a Rainbow, or any kind of single-arm flying carpet ride, that the car will somehow come loose, lose it's "level" and either flip or jam one end into the ground. Whether that's whats happened here or not, (the only Swedish I know is IKEA), I can't imagine how scary that accident must've been for those riders. I hope everyone turns out ok.
So there's a loose ball bearing on this one, a stray grain of sand wreaking havoc at Kennywood, what's next? Just like getting in the car- you never know.
(My other fear is that the Roundup will come loose from it's post and go rolling down the midway like a wagon wheel with me in it. OK, weird, I know...)
^ Actually a Round-Up came off of its axle at Rhode Island's Crescent Park (I believe it happened in the 60's). I don't believe it rolled down the midway but I am sure folks were hurt. I don't recall any other incidents with any other Round-Ups.