now they just ran the story on the news, and said that there were no serious injuries, just small bumps and bruises, and it was believed to be human error. they then went on to bash SFNE by recalling all the previous accidents that took place at the park in previous years.
*** This post was edited by CalvinJ23 on 8/6/2001. ***
Actually, this year seems to not be as bad as couple of years ago when a spate of inuries and deaths occurred in August, starting with the death on Drop Zone at Paramount's Great America and then moving helter-skleter around the country. Little stuff happens all the time...but now, thanks to Markey and a few others, the press is hopping on things more than ever before.
Just keep the back pressure on - we'll come out OK.
That's exactly what I was thinking, sixflags. it's also possibe the sensor was faulty, or got knocked loose, and sent the wrong signal to the ride's computer. Or mabye there was a power surge that damaged the computer, but was not noticable enough that the train apparently left the station without difficulity.
How can these cars collide? It uses frikin magnetic brakes. Something is going on this year and it's really pissing me off. Those stupid democrats are now gonna be all in our faces about this stuff and we won't be able to explain it. It's so weird. Becasue nothing like this has ever happened before.
The train coming into the station hit the one being loaded. Not everyone had their seatbelts on yet. OUCH! The force was hard enough to push half of the loading train up the lift hill.
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this really sucks . i hope they open it in a few weeks because i was planning to go there soon . and i really hope they dont close the other sros because im going to ride the one at sfa next week. but man that really does stink. i hope it doesnt interfere with next years plans
To state the possibly obvious, amusement ride control systems should have redundant, fail safe safety systems. Each and every accident should be investigated with involvement from both the park and the manufacturer if there is any suggestion of mechanical failure. Finally, the manufacturer should forward any lessons learned to the other operators of it's rides. This doesn't require Federal legislation, just good sense considering the possibile liability.
What is outside Markey's legislation, and I never hear mentioned on coaster web sites is the need for parks and manufacturers to investigate and communicate "near misses". A "near miss" is an incident or finding which results in no injury, but the portntially could have. If park "A" finds a cracked axle on a ride, it is important that the manufacturer and other parks know to look for the same defect.
That said, I'm going to repeat, "No one has died in an accident on an amusement park ride in the United States in 2001. The only person who died in 2000, died because of his own gross misconduct." This is an excellent safety record that almost any industry can envy.