State and park officials speculate death was caused by pre-existing condition

Posted Wednesday, September 5, 2001 4:58 AM | Contributed by Snoopy

Knott's Berry Farm's Montezooma's Revenge remains closed while state officials investigate the death of a woman who had a seizure while on the ride. The state intends to learn about any pre-existing medical condition that led to the seizure and her subsequent death. The state's primary role is to make sure the ride was operating safely.

Read more from The Orange County Register.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 7:21 AM
Montezooma's Revenge has been open for how long?  20 years?  Has anyone ever died on this ride?

This is obviously a case of a preexisting medical conditions but I guess we need to go through the motions since Gary Condit cannot occupy every column inch of the newspaper!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 9:52 AM
Subtract 1978 from 2001 and you get 23 operating years for this coaster. No fatal or major injury incident ever occured during this ride's lifetime. It's sad to see such a good safety record go bad (even just a spect). 44.5 million riders and one death. Sounds real safe to me (not being sarcastic).
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 1:37 PM
Cedar Fair, I am impressed. Not because your parks are so damn good, but because of CF's problem handling abitities. Why can't every park chain follow after you guys?

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 2:13 PM
Keep on doing the good work CF. Although you've onyl had a hand on KBF for a short while, it's been a nice ride as of late. (Now when's PP gonna open? If it isn't already?)
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 2:14 PM
This IS a safe (and the best from what I've heard) Schwarzkopf shuttle. I cannot find any record of injury either. This condition had to be pre-existing.
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Thursday, September 6, 2001 2:39 PM
I always wonder...why close the ride when the woman had a condition that was obviously not related to that ride? She probably could have had a seizure on any coaster. It's sad that things like this have to happen...but any roller coaster will put abnormal strain on your body, increasing the chances of a seizure or something while on the ride. Probably closed for insurance or PR reasons...

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Friday, September 7, 2001 2:04 AM
I think that closing a ride after someone has died on it is a sign of respect for the victim's family, if nothing else, and it's necessary to ensure that the ride itself is not at fault. It's kind of like flying a flag at half mast. I mean really, if someone that you knew just died on a coaster, would you be falling all over yourself to ride it the next day? I don't think so. Would you be happy if they just unloaded your friend or relative's corpse from a coaster, and they opened the gates and let everybody climb aboard, as if nothing had happened? I think not. It just wouldn't be right to continue running any ride that someone has died on, until a complete investigation has been done. That's why the industry's safety record is nowhere near as bad as the anti-coaster nuts want everyone to believe! Their whole argument about the "taller, longer, faster, more dangerous" thing is such a joke. If today's coasters were really that bad, people would be dropping like flies! Modern coasters are EVERYWHERE! Has the whole world succumbed to their evil plan to kill as many of us as possible on these "unsafe" rides? NO. Because there is no evil plan, except for the the evil plans of the anti-coaster nuts and their ilk, trying to spoil the fun of millions, for the sake of one who just doesn't get it, or someone who's had the misfortune of taking a fatal ride, AT THEIR OWN RISK. It doesn't get anymore simple than that, people. There's a sign to that effect in the stations of every single roller coaster in the world, and yet whenever someone gets hurt or dies on a coaster, all of a sudden, it's supposed to be the park's fault for being negligent. Thank God they don't attack everything in this way! How many cars do you think would be on the road if the automakers got sued every time that someone died in a car? Someone needs to shut these anti-coaster nuts down, and tell them that if they hate coasters so much, then they should just not ride them, before they shut us down! I can't imagine living in a world with no more coasters, just because a microscopic amount of people had the misfortune of dying on some of them, and a whole sea of sharks came to feed on their corpses! Leave the amusement industry alone already! There's nothing wrong with it! If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it! Pick on something really VILE, like the tobacco industry! Now there's an EVIL plan, and the government is still subsidizing it! 
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*** This post was edited by irondraggon on 9/7/2001. ***

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