Woman says Alton Towers' Rita broke daughters wrists

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2005 10:09 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Alton Towers has defended one of its rides after a mother said the force of the ride caused her daughter's wrists to break. Amelia Seiga, 12, from Colwyn Bay, north Wales was treated for sprained wrists after going on the newly-opened Rita, Queen of Speed ride in April. Her mother, Jane Seiga, said x-rays taken a week later showed fractures in both wrists.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005 10:22 AM
"Ms Seiga said the force of the ride was so strong it peeled Amelia's hands off the guard rail and bent her wrists back."

She must have some pretty weak wrists if it could do that much without her being able to hold on, especially when nobody has been hurt on TTD or Kingda Ka due to speed and forces.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 10:55 AM
What a joke. This is the most far-fetched instance I've ever heard.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:09 AM
Rita launches 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. Now if this girl in a car and the drive guns it will her wrist break? What a load of crap. Feed your daughter lady.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:22 AM
There is such a disease in people that cause their bones to be very weak. One of my co-workers had that disease, one instance is she missed stepping up into her SUV, and her foot slipped, hitting the ground, which cause several bones in her leg to break.

If this girl has a similar disease, shes lucky her neck didn't break

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:24 AM
I'm sympathetic towards the girl breaking her wrists, but the only way this could have happened is if she had some kind of pre-exisiting condition. In which case, she shouldn't have been riding in the first place.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:25 AM
If they knew about it then they should not have been on the coaster. If they didn't know about it they should be lucky that is all that happen and now they can protect there daughter in the future.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 12:08 PM
Crashmando, 0-60 in 2.5 is faster than any production car....and unless she's super rich, faster than anything she could ever hope to afford.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 12:28 PM
0-60 in 2.5 seconds is faster than anything I've heard for a street car including megabucks cars. But, I still can't understand how it would put massive stresses on the wrists. If anything, people tend to injure wrists during deceleration, not acceleration. Sprained or broken wrists are a classic injury for car drivers when they stop suddenly due to hitting something.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 1:59 PM
Im also suspicious because x-rays confirming the break were taken 1 week later, how can you prove that this took place on the roller coaster and not done somwhere else or by some other means, you would have thought they would have taken x-rays the day the accident occurred.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 2:46 PM
heh, this is stupid. sorry you broke your wrists, but if you see the ride, it launches at a high speed. cant take the forces, dont ride, still fishy all around though. Its like me sueing Dorney park after throwing up after I got off the tilt-a-whirl. ok not as extreme but still, the spinning forces caused me to get nauseated and sick right?? I ruined a good shirt that day too..
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Tuesday, June 14, 2005 3:00 PM
Rita is not a very intense ride. I have some pretty serious doubts that the ride could have done this (provided that the person was riding properly).
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 8:37 PM

If this girl has a similar disease, shes lucky her neck didn't break.

If this girl has a similar disease is riding a roller coaster the best activity for her to be undertaking?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 9:11 PM
The only thing that could possibly cause her to injure her wrists would be the laderal transitions. With where the handles are you wouldn't have any forces on your wrists at launch plus it's only 1.5 Gs.

Injuries will happen. I really doubt it will be a common problem on this coaster though.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 10:39 PM
They act like Rita is a huge coaster.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:20 PM
Anyone see "Unbreakable"? Mr. Glass?
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 1:18 PM
I really dont see how it could be proven that the forces from the launch broke her wrist. That could have happened any number of ways. Maybe she tripped getting off the ride.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 2:26 PM
Rider put hands up during launch after takeoff?

The motions described seem hard to reproduce with a good grip on the lapbar handrail, but are easily and purposely done by many enthusiasts on a multitude of launced coaster.

I've done it too, and while I can feel the force on my arms, my arms or wrists didn't break.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 6:28 PM
I am happy to know I am not the only one who has thrown up from the Dorney Park Tilt-a-Hurl. A week later thought?? When a bone heals it would be clearly evident on the X-ray that is was a former accident. The bone would already start callousing due to her young age. Also, I broke many bones. How was she going about her daily activities with broken wrists. Just washing your hands would cause pain and swelling. People will do anyhting to sue. Maybe the park should sue the mother for letting her fragile daughter ride for fear that she would actually break apart and injure the other riders.... Yeah it sounds stupid, but... consider the reason for this post.

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