It seems that yesterday (7-16-02) that one trian crashed into a truck under its track during one of its test runs. There was major damage done to that train. To allow PKI to clean up the mess and keep this hidden from the news, they kept Drop Zone and SOB closes until 1:00 or so. Also the ride op said that Top Gun would be closed for at least a month and Jeff Siebert spent most of the day around Top Gun. I was at the park yesterday and I managed to get some pictures of the ride with tarps over the track (I would guess that they were covering up the damaged train).
It was a bucket truck, and no one was in it at the time. I was informed about the accident a little while after it happened... Apparently the first three cars left the track, and are very very badly damaged, almost beyond recognition.
Wow, that sux. I just went on it the day before and my friend who didnt want to ride it cuz he had a bad feeling about it for some reason, but we still did... the next day this happens. Hopefully it wont have to close forever or be torn down this year like two other rides (KC and PT).
What happened in the Iron Draggin? Of course I would be in to having the new retrofit of the Vampire style cars. It would be a simple change and may even create a new name for the ride. Of course it is not cheap, but it would be cheaper than a new ride in its place. I would not like to see this ride go and I do not think this will break the camels back. Anyone know if PKI has considered the retrofit or is it (was it) too much to consider?