State official invited to observe investigation of Superman crash

Posted Wednesday, August 15, 2001 6:19 AM | Contributed by Jeff

An official of the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety has been invited to observe the investigation into the accident at Six Flags New England where two trains on Superman collided in the station. State law does not entitle the state to investigate accidents. The park is expected to release its findings at the conclusion of the investigation.

Read the whole story from The Hartford Courant.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2001 6:24 AM
Very good news. The quote about the park officials acting as if it were there own children involved in the accident illustrates my point that the industry regulates itself for its own good. The fact that they invite the state in also shows they've got nothing to hide.

I'm really anxious to hear what happened.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2001 6:42 AM
I am also anxious to know what happened i guess or whatever.........
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 7:59 AM
It sounds like Six Flags is handling the investigation well, both from the technical stand point and the public relations stand point.

As an engineer with some background in safety analysis, I'll be real interested to see the results.
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 8:43 AM
It's a head scratcher. I'm not exactly sure what the best scenario would be in terms of culpability.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2001 9:15 AM
Well it's good to near that SF is testing the ride again. It's also good that no one was seriously hurt or killed on the ride.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2001 9:39 AM
My guess is that local media, for the most part, has a better relationship with their local theme park then the national media does.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2001 10:17 AM
Well, Mooney said that if there was anything that was supposed to be done that wasn't being done, it would have been mentioned. Apparently everything is going according to plan, as it always has. I wonder if the infamous Mr. Markey has read THIS article...


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Wednesday, August 15, 2001 11:01 AM
This is good news, I guess. An accident happened, but things are being done the correct way to prevent another incident. Now we must wait for the results.
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 11:14 AM
A thourough investigation defintely needs to be done, btu what concerns me is the media's take on everything. They seem so quick to jump on the proverbial bandwagon that they are way too quick to condemn, rather than examine and then comment. The naysayers will say close it down, rides are dangerous, but my thought is that EVERYTHING has an element of danger. I'm waiting for the lawsuits to come rolling in. I, for one, would not sue if I was on the ride. Accidents do happen in life. We just need to learn from them...
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 1:36 PM
Six Flags IS handling this accident well, good for them.

Wednesday, August 15, 2001 1:54 PM
Geesh- I can't keep it in any longer.

The Media Sucks.

Crash. A simple word. A nice word.

Until you hear it bidaily describing any minor accident that may have occured.

I know, I know. The media just wants money. But don't you think people would start watching a REALISTIC news station? An HONEST broadcasting?

I sure would.

Who wants to get overreactions, exaggerations, expansions of what actually occured?

I personally think such an idea could catch on.


I'm curious to how my idea will float. I'm sure there is some glitch to it someone will point out, but I don't care. It made me feel better.

Well, times up on my much needed rant.

Have a nice day, and don't believe a single thing the media tells you.


*** This post was edited by Nate on 8/15/2001. ***
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 3:19 PM
Looks like Six Flags is handling the investigation well. This just goes to show you that the theme parks can do this on their own and that the federal government need to worry about other things.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2001 6:25 PM
xDisney said:
Open self regulation beats government regulation anytime. Mandatory accident and injury reporting to a searchable central database accessible to anyone on the internet would be a nice good faith measure. If the industry doesn't start taking measures like these, it just gives the goverenment a reason to jump in and "protect" the public.
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 9:42 PM
I wouldn't call this a "minor accident" as one person suggested. Let's be more realistic. This should have never happened on a one-year old ride.

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Thursday, August 16, 2001 8:29 AM
Does anyone know if Superman will be running on Saturday? If so, is there the possibility of two train operation? If its not open, I will probably cancel my trip to Six Flags New England... :(
Thursday, August 16, 2001 8:56 AM
Thursday, August 16, 2001 9:12 AM
yeah that must be it. good job detective.
Thursday, August 16, 2001 9:22 AM
Good job CoasterCliff, thanks for telling us what we already know (even if it was spelled incorrectly) but I say this is an example of a park showing they only have the customer's safety at their interest, and that we don't need federal regulation for these types of incidents.
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Thursday, August 16, 2001 10:13 AM

Nate Said: "But don't you think people would start watching a REALISTIC news station? An HONEST broadcasting?"

Try FoxNews! It fits all the requirements. But anyway, this accident is simply the accident that couldn't happen. The fact that it did is cause for concern. Hats off to Six Flags for handling the investigation with a transparency that will stand up to their harshest critics.

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