Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2003 4:47 AM | Contributed by 3r1c
A boat on the flume ride Tidal Force at Hersheypark failed to brake at the bottom of its run and crashed into a guardrail, injuring six people. The injured were sent to Hershey Medical Center, according to reports. Their names and conditions were not available.
Read more from The Lebanon Daily News.
text removed... please don't copy-and-paste from other sites. link instead. -J
Do you have more information about any of these incidents? Do you wish to clarify or correct this*** This post was edited by Jeff 7/1/2003 11:00:27 AM ***
The two write ups there were a little confusing... something about the e-stop being hit when it was not supposed to be, and water not filling up in the trough as the bottom and it was too shallow when the boat hit the bottom and it skipped like a stone across a lake and on to the rocks. One account makes it sound like the e-stop was hit for a reason, one makes it sound like it was hit by accident.
Not certain from the two accounts there if a) there was no water in the trough and the e-stop was hit because of this, but too late as the boat was already in the plunge, or b) if the e-stop was hit by accident, cutting off the flow of water to the trough, and a boat was already in the plunge at the time.
Odd thing is... this thread here was the first I heard of this accident. Considering how the local news (especially NBC affiliate WGAL 8 in Lancaster PA) likes to sensationalize things, I thought this would be blasted all across the airways and plastered on the front pages of all local papers.
Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"*** This post was edited by SLFAKE 7/1/2003 12:09:30 PM ***
If at first don't succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.
"If we knew how safe roller coasters were, we'd lose their thrill" - Daniel Keller
Army Rangers lead the way*** This post was edited by supermandl34 7/1/2003 3:38:11 PM ***
Think about it... Has Hershey had a history of covering up incidents? No. While there have been very few in recent history, those that have occured... three kids being injured on a kiddie train ride being the latest a few years ago... were not covered up by the park. Even when their "new" Canyon River Rapids had an accident not long after it first opened back in the 1980's, they were very up front with the information.
Also, IF this would have been a major accident, and ambluances would have been dispatched to the park, you can bet that local news media would have been flying to see what was going on. Since nothing was mentioned specifically about ambulances in the stories, and since no news media (who regularly monitor police and fire dispatches for leads) were alerted in this manner, is it reasonable to assume that the visits to the hospital were not of the drastica manner? Then again, one witness in one of the other articles / stories did mention back boards and inflatable cuffs for a leg injury.
Then it comes down to the tone of the LDNews editorial. A bit agressive and accusitory. Are they trying to make a news story out of a non story? (No.... would a news paper wouldn't do that? Would they?)
Am I giving HP a pass on this? No. It is possible that they could be in coverup mode. It is also possible that a local news paper could be sensationalizing an incident that is really a non incident.
Until proof to the contrary is given, I think I will take a "wait and see" stance to see what comes out about this in the next few days.
Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"
Just when you think you have all the answers, I change the questions
Superstew, it's not bogus. I know an employee who saw the incident and he told me that it did run up the rocks and almost hit the railing.
"If we knew how safe roller coasters were, we'd lose their thrill" - Daniel Keller*** This post was edited by 3r1c 7/1/2003 8:02:00 PM ***
Hey... I said that "it is possible" that they are in cover up mode. Anything is possible... HOWEVER... with the feeding frenzy that news media go into when there is an "incident" at a park, I am wondering how much sensationalizing is going on by the Lebanon Daily News. Nothing was mentioned in the York Daily Record (or Harrisburg Patriot I think). Is it just possible that the local news media, on a slow news day, is just looking for a story to print? Is that possible? (Now, if you don't mind, I have to get back to my FRONT PAGE story in the York Daily Record about Two Face being stuck on the lift at SFA... 90 miles away from here) Is it also possible that some of the witnesses of this "accident" may be exagerating? A boat hydroplaning out of the trough with minor injuries suddenly turns into a boat crashing after it makes the plunge with many people being rushed to the hospital?
CYA policy being wrong? No. Can you blame a park for that? When people sue for getting struck by lightning in parking lots after leaving parks, can you blame any park for transporting people to the hospital to be checked out for ANY injury wen something physically happens to them on one of their rides?
Just a note. IF the one account at Themeparkinsider is correct, I have to laugh. It stated that an employee accidently hit the e-stop instead of the dispatch button, but then later went on to say that the employee was to be commended because they did not restart the ride and flood the trough possibly capsizing the boat. Okay, smart thinking on that latter part, but had the smart thinking been going on in the first place, and had the dispatch button been pushed when it should have been... well, we would not be here talking about this. HOWEVER... as stated above it was said that the e-stop was pushed, the trough drained, the boat hydroplaned (it can be assumed)... but does anyone know what sequence it occured it? Was there a malfunction that caused the trough to drain, and the E-stop was hit too late to stop a boat, or (as the one account says) was the e-stop hit by accident thus draining the trough while a boat was in motion?
WAIT! Enough of this... the local news station just broke in.... there appears to be some sort of incident at some park... the one dip-in-dot's stand lost its freezing unit and all of the dots are melting, dripping out of their little cart... a news chopper is on the way. Stay tuned for more developments on this "terrifying accident". (note: not making fun of any possible injuries with the "accident" on Tidal Force... just poking fun at the idocy of turning a coater stuck on a lift at SFA into a national news story)
Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"*** This post was edited by SLFAKE 7/2/2003 8:36:30 AM ***
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