Tampered wiring may have caused Pigeon Forge death

Posted Monday, October 25, 2004 10:55 AM | Contributed by Walt S

A Consumer Product Safety Commission report says the safety interlock wiring on the Hawk ride at a Pigeon Forge FEC was bypassed, allowing ride to operate with a non-functional restraint. This may have caused the release of June Carol Alexander, a passenger that fell from the ride to her death in March.

Read more from The Mountain Press.

Monday, October 25, 2004 11:05 AM
The owner should be happy with the fact that he is only being charged with 2nd degree murder.

He was playing russian roulette every time he had the ride op hit the "start" button.

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Monday, October 25, 2004 11:05 AM
These guys should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. As I understand it, TN doesn't really police amusement rides that well, and may not have any jurisdiction to close this park. Hopefully, a good, sizeable civil suit will take care of that.
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Monday, October 25, 2004 11:22 AM
....and NOW we know why the charge that was filed seemed *severe* at the time....:(

It's up to riders to obey the safety warnings and follow all posted rules, etc., but we really do TRUST that operators will run their rides in the safest manner possible. For violating that trust, this guy should spend a LONG time behind bars...

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Monday, October 25, 2004 12:05 PM
I do hope that this lets Zamperla off the hook in the civil suits, because obviously this was outside of their control.
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Monday, October 25, 2004 12:06 PM
Brian, the park _is_ closed. I was in Pigeon Forge last week. Their sign is still lit up, but it is advertising the arcade next door...
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Monday, October 25, 2004 4:06 PM
Unfortunately, I can't seem to find the actual CPSC report at their web site or a mention of it on Rideaccidnets.com. Has anyone else had better luck? I hate to go by what a newspaper says.

Any way you look at it, this does appear to go beyond just negligence and involve some real acts of commission, not just omission.

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Monday, October 25, 2004 6:45 PM
I have requested the CPSC reports and, once I get them, will scan and post them on masstort.org. It is not an agency that moves particularly fast, so we'll see when they show up.
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Monday, October 25, 2004 8:25 PM
They should be charged, but if I may ask where is this "park"?
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Monday, October 25, 2004 8:31 PM
You know what, that's exactly what I said was the cause back in March. Definitely a criminal act that should be punishable to fullest extent of the law.
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Monday, October 25, 2004 8:57 PM
DC2Beltz3, Rockin Raceway is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on the main "strip". (Along wth other various go-cart tracks and such) It's a few blocks from the Dollywood entrance.
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Monday, October 25, 2004 9:13 PM
Rockin Raceway is/was between "Stoplight #2" and "Stoplight #3" in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee ( Mapquest Map )
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