Well, this isn't good, but here's my theory about why these things seem to happen more and more: 1. They don't happen more and more, the TV stations just report them more and more. 2. TV Stations report them more and more b/c Markey and his friends are paying them to report stories like this to manipulate the GP and his fellow congressmen that without coaster regulation then they are unsafe.
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RCTfreak, you are partially right, but we have to consider that there are actually more accidents happening. It's a simple by-product: more parks + more rides = more accidents. Add in the bloodthirsty media, and you will see more coverage of this sort of thing.
This summer is starting to remind me of 1999. At least the body count's been lower so far this year.
There was a sensor failure. The train was leaving the station and the other train was almost at the brakerun. The ridecomputer thought, that the station was empty, but the station wasn't empty completly. So the computer released the brakes of the brakerun to early and the collision was happen.
I think Fierce Pancake may be onto something. A few years back, some of you may recall a rash of church fires being reported in the press, but, as it turned out, the actual number of churches set on fire was either the same or had decreased slightly (can't remember off the top of my head), in that year in which there had been so much media attention to the issue. The number of such fires hadn't increased, but the 'first' story happened to hit on a day when it received more national play than it might have otherwise, and subsequent church fires, now having a peg to hang off of ("Our viewers will recall that terrible church fire last month; well, there was another one, and we're there live!").
I suspect the same thing is going on here. Newspapers and tv stations (and insatiable cable news channels), hooking new ride accident reports onto previous reports, are blowing it all a bit out of proportion.
The media always blows an accident out of proportion. The accident at SFEG's Observation Tower a few weeks ago, the media titled the story, "Children stuck in ride." Seriously, they have to mention kids first to make it sound like the accident was horrible.
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