Riders suffer minor injuries following E-stop of swing at Six Flags Over Texas

Posted Tuesday, March 14, 2006 1:09 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Eight people were treated and released when a bearing failed on the Texas Tornado swing ride at Six Flags Over Texas when the ride shut down. A park spokesperson said there was a mechanical failure with one of the bearings, and the operator followed standard procedure by stopping the ride. She said that an electronic monitoring system also recognized that there was a problem and shut down the ride at the same time.

Read more from The Dallas Morning News.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006 4:22 PM
The bearing that failed is supposed to be inspected daily per the manufacturer (Chance), thus preventing these incidents from occuring. The park should be embarrased that such an easily preventable thing was overlooked by a lazy mechanic.

Whats even more upsetting is that this is not the first time a Chance Swing ride failed during operation because of the bearing and injured guests.
*** This post was edited by Fun 3/14/2006 4:25:44 PM ***

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 5:38 PM
I wouldn't jump the gun yet. It's certainly still possible to chalk it up to the "stuff happens" category.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 12:15 PM
I heard about this on the flight home from Atlanta, lady next to me had been in Texas for a convention of some kind and this was ALL over the news...heard about it again from a co-worker today...

Are we *infecting* the GP with some sort of park-enthusiast mentality? ;)

Thursday, March 16, 2006 8:48 AM
Ah, so this is a Yo-Yo, then? I'd been trying to find out what kind of a ride it was...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.


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