Posted Wednesday, December 13, 2006 7:16 PM | Contributed by supermandl
A roller coaster's wooden support beams were not designed to bear the ride's weight, causing a dip in the track that jolted 27 passengers injured in July, state investigators said Wednesday. The design flaw with the looping, wooden Son of Beast coaster at Paramount's Kings Island caused a vertical support called a bent leg to crack, said the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which regulates the state's amusement parks. The park says removing the loop will allow the use of lighter trains.
Read more from AP via The Akron Beacon Journal.
Wasn't the loop actually steel all the way through, not to mention where the accident didn't happen?
So the biggest gimmick & draw to the ride is going, and now... it's just going to be Beast's b!tch, for lack of a better term.
However, my guess is that our reaction wasn't uncommon among park officials - they know that the loop is what attracts many, and without it, the ride will just be a really big and clumsy coaster thing that goes fast and turns in circles.
SOB's always been bumpy - THAT'S WHY they should have had Intamin do their prefab thing!
If you threw a pair of GCI's on the ride, put in a double down to replace the loop, and dropped a tunnel or two on the ride, it'd be pretty freakin fierce...
I, for one, am INCREDIBLY excited about riding the new and revamped version.
Correct me if I am wrong, im yet to take college physics and the physics I had in H.S was, well, non-existant. :)
The loop support structure was steel...the track on the loop itself was wood.
...not to mention where the accident didn't happen?
Um, did you read the story?
"A roller coaster's wooden support beams were not designed to bear the ride's weight, causing a dip in the track that jolted 27 passengers injured in July, state investigators said Wednesday."
"The failure of one bent leg led to the failure of two other bent legs, causing a slight dip in the track," a statement from the department said. That dip created a pothole effect that led to the riders' injuries.
Oh well. :) Maybe the much-needed TLC will inspire me to give it another chance next year. :)
"hey, I like geauga lake and whats this about Six Flags? lets go to sea world too!"
"wait, GL is wned by Six Flags flags? Six Flags Ohio, hm ok.. lets try that.."
"Whats Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, is that a new park? oh it used to be Six Flags Ohio, Its Sea World too? Oh Sea World is owned by Six Flags now, oh ok..."
"Hey check it out, Son Of Beast, worlds only looping wooden coaster cool its at Paramount's Kings Island"
"Hey lets go to Six Flags Ohio, I mean Worlds of Adventure.. oh wait, its now call Geuga lake or is that a new park, werent they there before? Does Six Flags exist anymore, theres still road signs for it somehow everywhere.., and theres no Seaworld part now, oh hm, so its just Geauga Lake? and Hurrican Hannas?"
"come on lets go ride Xflight at Six Flags, I mean, Geauga Lake and Hurricane Hannas, or sorry Wildwater Kingdom, wait its gone? hm, well lets go to Paramounts Kings Island.."
"Wait, worlds only wooden looping coaster, wheres the loop, is that coaster still here? and hey isnt that X Flight from Six Flags, i mean Gauga Lake?? its here now?, this isnt a Paramount park anymore, is paramount gone? why is it still called Paramount's? Wait its owned by the poeple who have Six Flags Ohio and sea world, I mean Worlds of Adventure, I mean Geauga lake? Wait and theyre all owned by the same company that owns Cedar Poi *BOOM!!!!*"
Their heads are going crazy now, I mean they were practically in a war zone of 4 major park chains (Cedar Fair, Six Flags, Sea World at one time, and Paramount Parks) Who fought and eventually Cedar Fair just come in and swallowed everyone up lol.
*** This post was edited by P18 12/13/2006 10:31:32 PM ***
Is this a whole new credit for you! The Original SOB and Loopless SOB!!!!!
I really hope it improves the ride. I wish I were still in Ohio to find out. Let me know...I know you will.
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