Trains on New England's Superman collide

Posted Monday, August 6, 2001 11:51 AM | Contributed by Jeff

According to WWLP, Six Flags New England's Superman: Ride of Steel suffered a minor collision of two trains that caused up to eight injuries.

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Monday, August 6, 2001 1:27 PM
It still shouldn't happen.
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Monday, August 6, 2001 1:38 PM
I live in Latham, NY..about an hour and a half from SFNE..the local news has this story posted on there site. it can be seen by going here:
http://www.wten.com/Global/story.asp?S=426082&nav=0Rdu1kTY2QI2

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. ***
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Monday, August 6, 2001 1:49 PM
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.

Bruce Jensen
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Monday, August 6, 2001 1:54 PM
I've spent the past 2 hours watching the local as well as cable news networks and nothing has been said yet.And don't we all know how the networks love to over dramatize these sort of things.
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Monday, August 6, 2001 2:08 PM
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.
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Monday, August 6, 2001 2:21 PM
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.
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Monday, August 6, 2001 2:31 PM
this is a sad day for sfne guy. Well at least Cyclone is ok! I mean GOD!! if that coaster had an accident I would definetly be angry.
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Monday, August 6, 2001 2:59 PM
Yeah, they just said 19 people got injured today. Same reporter who didnt want the Chandra Levy fiasco on the news.

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Monday, August 6, 2001 3:04 PM
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. *** This post was edited by optoman on 8/6/2001. ***
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Monday, August 6, 2001 3:09 PM

Someone died on Drop Zone at PGA?? How?? I'm going there this weekend
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Monday, August 6, 2001 3:18 PM
If you think ride accidents are rare, just go to members.aol.com/rides911/accidents.htm and find out the real truth.

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Batwing-Bow Down
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Monday, August 6, 2001 3:31 PM
Man if this keeps up Markey is gonna have coaster manufacturers necks!
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Intimin Rocks
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Monday, August 6, 2001 3:35 PM
If any accidents or minor stuff happens at major or smaller parks its always news.

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Inverted coaster coming soon to Valleyfair!
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Monday, August 6, 2001 3:47 PM
This is very bad. Accoring to cnn.com 21 people were injured 1 was critical. I doubt this ride will be running anytime soon.
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Monday, August 6, 2001 3:57 PM
the problem is the ride ops! most of them are retards, except for the ones at cedar point.

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REDWINGS 2002!!
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Monday, August 6, 2001 3:57 PM
do you think it will be running again on this saturday?
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Monday, August 6, 2001 4:02 PM
21 people injured. some injuries were broken noses, broken jaws and possible whiplash. I don't think it will be runningsaturday because there was broken steel on both of the trains.
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Monday, August 6, 2001 4:27 PM
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
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Monday, August 6, 2001 4:30 PM
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.

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Monday, August 6, 2001 4:33 PM

yeah this is worse than we thought. I don't consider people getting knocked unconscious and breaking jaws and noses to be too minor of an injury.
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sigh, SFNE goes "tiny" for 2001
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