Steel Dragon 2000 loses wheels, causes injuries

Posted Monday, August 25, 2003 4:42 AM | Contributed by kRaXLeRidAh

Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spaland halted suddenly Saturday, seriously injuring one passenger and another person at a nearby pool. The accident occurred when the first car of the coaster ran off the track and halted about 8 meters above the ground. The coaster can climb as high as 97 meters. A college student was seriously injured after hitting her back when the coaster came to a sudden halt.

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Monday, August 25, 2003 4:54 AM
Well, aside from the accident, it is humorous to note that Japanese media is no more accurate than their American bretheren.

"The world's tallest and longest roller coaster at an amusement park in Nagashima..."

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*** This post was edited by redman822 8/25/2003 8:54:40 AM ***

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Monday, August 25, 2003 5:40 AM
Now let the excuses begin like every other time there is an accident reported at this site. "Oh the ride COULDN'T have failed, it must have been rider error, etc....."

Coasters have been pushed beyond the limit that regular maintenance can substain. When wheels are flying off of a coaster in its 4th season, thats bad.
*** This post was edited by super7 8/25/2003 9:41:09 AM ***

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Monday, August 25, 2003 5:51 AM
Yep--even with their 'new, improved' wheels, Morgans are wheel-smokers. I suppose they'd smoke even faster if they really were made of iron, tho...

-'Playa

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Monday, August 25, 2003 6:20 AM
Article is semi-informative...of course, the sex poll in the right margin is even more informative....

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*** This post was edited by Baeritone 8/25/2003 10:20:41 AM ***

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Monday, August 25, 2003 6:33 AM
Don't over-react Super7. The age of the ride has nothing to do with it. Those wheels weren't the original wheels. They clearly weren't secured.

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Monday, August 25, 2003 6:45 AM
Rider error for wheels falling off? Coaster trains are rebuilt every year. If that wheel came off it was either due to faulty installation or a defective part. In either case, it has nothing to do with coasters being pushed beyond their limits.
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Monday, August 25, 2003 7:33 AM
Actually, redman, it IS "The world's tallest and longest roller coaster at an amusement park in Nagashima." :)

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Monday, August 25, 2003 12:08 PM
in all honesty it is still the longest

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