Woman in hospital after ride on Hulk

Tuesday, September 23, 2003 1:35 PM
A woman who is now in Critical condition when she returned to the station with no pulse after riding The Hulk today.

Heres the link to the story:


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*** This post was edited by CoasterDude316 9/23/2003 6:00:52 PM ***

Tuesday, September 23, 2003 1:59 PM
Without a pulse is a little more serious than just unconscious.

I have the feeling it could be some sort of undiagnosed (and yet undetectable) anurism, but that's just my totally non-medical, totally guesstimated assumption. Some sort of blood clot to the heart or brain could have triggered this during the forces, as well as the woman's reaction/adrenoline.

Tuesday, September 23, 2003 2:03 PM
Baaaaad year for amusement parks this year. Somehow worse than 2000. I realize this latest one is probably not ride-related, but there have been a ton of fatalities at parks this year. Spooky.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 2:14 PM
Ouch.....I hope she pulls through!!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 3:10 PM
Lets keep her in our prayers.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2003 3:32 PM
While it's sad that this kind of thing happens, it's still a non-story as far as I'm concerned. I can think of two instances in the last two years where someone died at Cedar Point, once on a ride, once in a queue. What makes these stories irritating is that they imply that there is some kind of inherent danger in riding amusement park rides, when in these cases there's really just danger in day to day life.

My thoughts are with the family and victim, but the "Incident on Hulk" headlines are lame crap "journalism."

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 2:16 AM
Its sad. There have been alot of deaths this year at theme parks. Hopefully next year god/gods/ "insert what you worship here" is not taking as many. My thoughts are with the family and the victim.
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 4:27 AM
Jeff, just submitted this this morning before checking the boards. Sorry about that. In any event, I agree with your take. Down here in Florida I think the story fell between the Miami Rapist and the battle between our Elections Supervisor and the County Commission.
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 5:10 AM
In reading the Sun-Sentinel story that Wahoo had mentioned in the short-lived news headline here, I thought it was well balanced and didn't pose any anti-coaster rhetoric.

And as far as the "Local 6" link that CoasterDude316 posted, I feel the same way. THe only issue I have with that one is that they do not link the possible jaw pain to a possible signal of a pre-emergent heart attack.

Neither of these articles mention any other ride deaths or injuries and only focus on this case.

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*** This post was edited by redman822 9/24/2003 9:11:52 AM ***

Wednesday, September 24, 2003 5:36 AM
But the point, redman, is this:

How many people do you think had heart attacks in Florida? I would guess it would be at the very least in the hundreds....maybe the thousands. Some probably had those heart attacks in their homes, others in hospitals, others in stores, restaurants, on busses, in airplanes, etc.

The ONLY ONE that made news down here yesterday though was the one at IOA.

And, it didn't just make the news. It was on the lead-ins for the news, it was highlighted as an upcoming story at each commercial break, etc. The point is that they used that story as a marketing tool. Can you imagine them advertising the 6:00 news with the headline..."Man has heart attack while opening the refrigerator!"?

This is one of the inherent problems with the media. Did anyone catch the Emmy's Sunday night? The tribute to John Ritter was nice but I was a little leary of the way they kept promoting it throughout the evening. Early on they kept saying, "Coming up next...a tribute to John Ritter." They did this at each commercial break. 1 1/2 hours later they finally ran the segment. I even said something to my wife about it. It was like, "we know this broadcast is long and boring but keep watching so you can remember Jack Tripper."

Pretty shady if you ask me.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:39 AM
I can see your point but it makes the headlines not for the a particular slant in reporting but because of the public place where it happened.

True heart attacks occur at home all the time, but when it happens in a public venue it makes the press. Is it right, is it wrong? That's up to personal interpretation. I seem to remember earlier this summer someone had a heart attack while attending a baseball game at US Sellout (oops, US Cellular) Field here in Chicago, it too made the news headlines...

While at times I _do_ see a media bias / sensationalistic slant against amusement parks and rollercoasters, I don't go around seeing things that aren't there. And while I am not disputing what you said about the lead-in for the local news, I can only make my judement in what I see and read.

As for the John Ritter memorial during the Emmy's, as soon as I heard the first announcement of one, I knew it was going to be closer to the end of the broadcast rather than the beginning. Personally, I turned off the Emmy's early on because they were, like all award shows are, very boring.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 7:19 AM
The original aritcle says that the Hulk's acceleration of 0-40 mph in 2 seconds is that same as an F-16. Makes it sound brutal. Of course 0-40 in 2 seconds is a 1 G acceration. The same that I am experiencing sitting at my desk right now.

Easy to distort things isn't it.


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