Worker killed at Lake Compounce (UPDATED)

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2001 4:21 AM | Contributed by ioaddict33

A worker was struck by the Boulder Dash roller this morning during early test runs. Exactly how it happened has not been determined yet.

Read the story from The Hartford Courant.

5:45 p.m., 6/13 UPDATE: A preliminary report from a source that did not wish to be identified said that the worker was a seasonal groundskeeper. The man was allegedly wearing hearing protection as required because he was using a weed trimmer. The source speculates that the ride crew began testing the ride without knowing the worker was near the course, saying that normally there are procedures that prevent operation of the lift when people are out near the course. Again, this is not from official sources.

8:21 a.m., 6/14 UPDATE: Official details and information can be found today from The Hartford Courant.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 9:51 AM
Oh No! I will be sure to keep her family in my prayers.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 9:57 AM
All My Prairs to the family and i am very sorry
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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 9:58 AM
Jeff's avatar Before Markey gets any ideas, it's apparent even from the small details that the guy could have been hit by a car, truck, train or roller coaster. It had nothing to do with the ride.

This is most unfortunate. There are so many safety procedures that should have prevented this. I'm anxious to hear more about it because I would think he would hear the train coming.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 10:08 AM
It is a tragedy, and we all feel for the guy's family, as well as the park owners/ops/workers. They all seem like nice people, in my experiences there. Jeff, I wondered the same thing about the noise (and Markey crossed my mind too). Boulder Dash gets up some serious speed and it does have great laterals. All that movement creates a roar...not to mention the canopy of trees and the hillside where the sound just can't dissipate into thin air. So there has to be more to the story...as in what was he doing on the tracks (if he was)? It's a shame all the way around.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 10:12 AM
The guy shouldn't have been anywhere near the track while the coaster was running. It's like trying to cross a street during rush hour.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 10:36 AM
Is it possible that the man had hearing problems? Anyway, my heart goes out to the mans family. This is so sad...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 10:51 AM
Looks like this is going to be another one of those summers

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 11:05 AM
Thats what I was thinking Jephry. There has been several accidents already and the season has just begun. That really sucks I hope the familys alright.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 11:09 AM
Yes, all my prayers go out to the family of the worker, that is very unfortunate. It sounds like this could've been prevented and was in no way linked to the safety of the ride. I'd also like to hear more about it, but I have a feeling this is just another log for Markey to throw on the fire, although I don't see how he could relate this to safety. *** This post was edited by Coasterman J on 6/13/2001. ***
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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 11:16 AM
So that is why coasters have those loud buzzer's when they start for the first day. Even a coaster freak might not want to go out like that, this has been on of the fatal past couple weeks in coaster history and the coasters haven't even been at falt!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 11:22 AM
Lets hope that this was the last fatal accident of the 2001 season.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 11:47 AM
Not to be rude, but do you think it was suicide?

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 12:11 PM
My heart goes out to the families of the people killed in the recent accidents involving roller coasters. I just hope that the politicians don't use this as some issue to get publicity. It seems like they love to spin and pin the blame on something anytime a tragedy occurs. Sometimes accidents happen and it's not part of some bigger problem. First they blame music, then movies, now rollercoasters? I hope not.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 12:22 PM
:(
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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 1:38 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 2:26 PM
That is just so awful!:(

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 2:48 PM
No, I don't think it was suicide.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 3:00 PM
My thoughts and prayers to the family, ride ops and other park personnel.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 3:45 PM
So sad to hear. All my prayers go out to the family and friends. After the latest news, Roller Coasters are gonna have such a bad rep now that it may affect Park attendance! It's a shame to hear news like this, my deepest sympathies are with the family.:(
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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 6:18 PM
:( Was he struck by the train?:( Not to be rude, but how can you weed-wack on in the path of the train? The only thing I could think is he was trimming under the track with his upper body sticking through, thus getting hit by the train. Again this is very sad to hear.:(
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