This article includes crash of PowderKeg

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 11:42 AM
I know the other thread was closed, but I found this story, so the coaster did crash.

http://www.ky3.com/newsdetailed.asp?id=7779

At least people weren't seriously injured.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 12:54 PM
It's so odd that the Fox station still doesn't have it online...or not.

Springfield is roughly the 70-somethingth largest media market, so I guess things can move pretty slow.

You just have to understand we get hoaxed in these parts.

-'Playa

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 1:07 PM
At least it was minor! Stinks that it happens to a new coaster, but it's not like this has never happened before. I can only think of one of the BIG manufacturers that's never had a train "bump"
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 1:07 PM
eh... 70-something isn't that bad out of the 200 possible. What's more likely is that the area isn't used to "big" breaking news stories and they don't know how to deal with getting the information out. And oftentimes if a story was a lead-in, or a lead-out they tend to not make it online. News Broadcasting is hard to understand...don't try LOL

And that really stinks for the SDC, I hope it doesn't hurt S&S either!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 1:13 PM

Spring-breakers will have to wait to experience the latest ride at
Silver Dollar City. The Powder Keg roller coaster is shut down after a
minor accident on Tuesday.


Lisa Rau, a spokeswoman for the theme park northwest of Branson, says
an empty train bumped one with passengers that had just finished its
trip. Four people went to a hospital as a precaution. Rau says they
were evaluated and dismissed.



had this happened anywhere else the text would have read....


COASTER CRASHES GUEST SENT SCREAMING TO HOSPITAL!
or
TWO COASTER TRAINS COLLIDE MANY INJURED SENT TO LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOMS!
or
PEACEFUL DAY TURNS TO HORROR AT BRANSON FUN SPOT AS COASTER CRASHES!


Branson is fortunate to have a news agency that doesn't spice up the
truth to attract more viewers. I hope this problem is resolved and the
coasters back up and blasting soon!


KUDOS to KY3 (sounds like a new lubricant) lol

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 1:19 PM
Maybe it has to do with the fact that the media in that market respects the company and doesn't want to create waves out of respect? Must be a "southern" thing!
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 2:14 PM
lol...you're right. I'm surprised "DEATH RIDE ATTEMPTS TO KILL FIRST VICTIMS" isn't on the news right now.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 2:23 PM
Exactly. I was surprised how they kept simple and straightforward. Glad to see nobody was hurt!

I would see something more "controversial" on Nightline or 60 Minutes during one of their "Special Investigations"......

"Silver Dollar City.......a haven for families or a death trap?....Roller coasters that KILL!"

-Tina

*** Edited 3/23/2005 7:29:21 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 2:49 PM
That sounds like a Maury Povich type of show.

""Silver Dollar City.......a haven for families or a death trap?....Roller coasters that KILL!" on the next Maury

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 3:13 PM
Well, it sounds like it wasn't anything but a bump. Does the coaster use magnetic brakes? My guess would be that the holding brake after the magnetic brakes didn't close causing the train to slowly come off the magnetic brakes at a speed near or below 5mph and bump the train ahaid of it. By the way it sounds, there was little or no damage to either train.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 4:09 PM
Odd....I would have to believe there are redundant safety systems, but, it seems to me that if any 'electronics' are going to fail, they either fail very early, or they last for a decent amount of time, but the redundancy should catch that.

Without thorough knowledge of the ride, everything is speculation. S&S and SDC will have to figure it out.

Fortunately, the most important thing, no one was injured. *** Edited 3/23/2005 9:09:30 PM UTC by SVLFever***

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 4:25 PM
Looks like my spring break trip is canceled :(
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 4:36 PM
Whatever the cause this is sure a heck of a lot different that two trains colliding in the launch section, which is what was posted yesterday.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 10:36 PM
but remember EVERYTHING is a rumor till jeff says so!
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 10:39 PM
The crying continues. Why don't you call me names in public like you do via e-mail, Sam? Be a grown up.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 11:44 PM
"Credible news source", anyone? That's really all the original post needed, but
CoasterBill *did* have the goods early, too early for the news to even have it....LOL, guess that comes from living next door to the park...;)

VERY happy that no one was hurt....*if* it had been during the launch, you can be pretty certain that the hospital visits wouldn't have read "treated and released".

PK looks like a lot of FUN to me, regardless...and no one has to twist my arm to get me back to ANY of the Herschend parks! :)

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Thursday, March 24, 2005 11:10 PM
Yeah... Sorry i guess I geared it up a little more than it really was....

At the time they didn't say the ride was going 3 mph and no damage was done to either of the trains... Grr.

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