While there seems to be some certainty when you see the numerous restrictions roller coasters and other intense thrill rides have, these rides are not as safe as you think. Even most safety and maintenance checks cannot prevent a malfunction in a split second. In the past, some trips were known to be particularly well known because they resulted in serious injuries or even death. This list includes these trips and the unfortunate circumstances that illustrate their danger.
10 Derby Racer, Revere Beach, Massachusetts
The Derby Racer looks back on a long history that began when it opened in 1910 when the Revere Beach theme park was about to lecture about keeping amusement parks safe, and in a fit of irony he fell out of the coaster's car and was killed instantly. Another fatality occurred in 1917 when a passenger lost his hat on the coaster's initial slope and when attempting to retrieve it fell on the opposing lane, was hit by the other car, and then dragged a total of 35 feet. The Boston Daily Globe reported that the man had broken every bone in his body and later died in the hospital.
While the railway was finally demolished in 1919, another death only occurred. A third driver was thrown off the train and her family filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court in 1936 against Ocean View Amusements, which was then in charge of the coaster. The coaster was replaced with another of the same name soon after it was torn down, but the negative dressing had a detrimental effect on sales and was torn down 10 years later.
9 Mission: Space, Disney World, Florida
Mission Space is controversial because it is one of the most intense publicly available space simulators and is connected to a centrifuge similar to that used by NASA trainees. The passengers are thrown with a force of 2.5 G, twice as much as gravity, in order to achieve a weightlessness similar to that of the astronauts. Between the summers of 2005 and 2006, park staff had to deal with 200 injuries caused by the trip, including death, chest pain, and even irregular heartbeat.
During this time two people died, the first a five-year-old boy who suffered from heart failure in 2005, which was caused by a previous heart disease. The other death occurred in 2006, just ten months later, when a 49-year-old woman complained of nausea and dizziness, symptoms that were common among previous drivers.
Disney Park staff then examined her and thought she was stable, but when she was hospitalized, she died of a brain hemorrhage. Since then, Disney has decided how to reconcile their driving intentions with the potential for being too intense. The trip is currently under two levels; "Green Team" and "Orange Team", the former of which offer many of the same effects as the original driving behavior, but with much less power and pressure and therefore fewer physical side effects. “Orange Team” is the classic and blames the driver for what he thinks he can do.
8 Batman: The Ride, Six Flags Over Georgia, Georgia
This coaster itself is not for the faint of heart. It reaches a speed of 80 km / h and turns the driver a 105-foot drop through harrowing reversing loops and curves. However, the reverse concept of the journey turned out to be fatal in spring 2002, when a 58-year-old employee was stuck in the head on the dangling leg of a 14-year-old driver and later died in the hospital. The girl was later hospitalized, but suffered minor injuries.
The second and probably most catastrophic death in the history of the trip occurred when a teenager who was visiting with his youth group entered the restricted area of the trip and had to climb two fences to get there. It was said that he was trying to recover his hat that had fallen off. He was hit by one of the cars running at full speed and was beheaded. However, no one was injured in the cars.
7 Rough Riders, Coney Island, New York
The name Rough Riders was the name President Theodore Roosevelt initially used, and it drew attention to this journey for his cavalry regiment. It opened in 1915 and differed from modern coasters in that every car had a passenger, similar to what you find in a modern subway. Everything went smoothly until the car accelerated abruptly and the wheels left the track when the whole car overturned and turned on its side. There was an iron railing 30 feet above the ground into which the passengers were thrown.
Three people died from a fall from this height, and the only two survivors were a mother and her 4-year-old son, who were able to hold onto the handrail of the destroyed car. A bystander was also killed when the driver hit and crashed her from above, increasing the death toll to four. It was determined that the park was not responsible for the accident, and the jury later found that the accident was "inevitable".
6 Crazy Waterslide, Schlitterbahn, Kansas City
Effectively deserves its name (German for "crazy") ”, Crazy opened in July 2014 and was then the tallest water slide in the world with a height of 168 feet 7 inch. In the first tests, there were concerns about driving safety: rafts were thrown into the air and reached speeds of 70 km / h. Nevertheless, it was made available to the public. In the year after the opening, at least thirteen drivers complained of injuries caused by beating or herniated discs.
It was known that the park manager had tried to cover it up, especially in a case in 2016 when a man slipped off the raft and sustained facial injuries. The trip ended when Caleb Schwab, the 10-year-old son of the state legislature, was killed on the slide. After the first descent, the force of the slide caused his raft to blow up, and he crashed into a metal pole in the net and was decapitated.
It was found that the reason for this was the fact that he was allowed to sit in the front even though two women who were heavier than him were sitting on the raft at the same time. The total weight of three was greater than the maximum capacity of the trip and burdened the raft. The women suffered non-fatal injuries, with one broken jaw and the other stabbed due to facial fractures. Given Schwab's father's position, the case was brought to trial and the park temporarily closed while the trial ended.
The head of operations was found guilty, the battery was tightened, the risk to children was heightened, involuntarily killed and the law enforcement disrupted. It turned out that despite numerous warnings about the risks of the trip, it was still allowed to run. The park operators were acquitted on the basis of improper evidence, but the ride was discontinued later in 2018, which is the same day that Children's Day is celebrated in Japan. The roller coaster had operated without problems 15 years earlier and was one of the most popular attractions on Expoland. The track was unique in that it was designed for standing drivers and reached a top speed of 75 km / h. The trip was almost over when one of the car's wheel axles broke, causing it to slide aside and a woman to die from hitting her head against the guardrail. The roller coaster dragged her 300 meters before it finally came to a standstill, and eighteen other drivers did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
It turned out that the broken axis had not been checked or repaired for 15 years and was subsequently found on the ground below. Three employees tried to cover up the fact and were found guilty of being killed or injured for work-related reasons. It was also claimed that the park regularly checked the roller coaster. Their defense was that the park didn't have enough space to repair and dismantle the cars. The public did not buy it and ticket sales collapsed. The park could not regain its reputation and was closed in 2009.
4 Big Dipper, Battersea Park, London, England
The incidents attributed to this ride have been described as the worst roller coaster accidents in Britain history. This wooden roller coaster, which was built in 1951, had problems right from the start. This year the journey was stopped when one of the empty carts derailed, fell over a railing and the passengers were stuck in the other car. Another accident occurred later, in which a woman walked with a broken arm. The worst accident for the Big Dipper, however, occurred in 1972 when 31 passengers boarded just to get the cart off its chain at the initial incline of 15 meters.
The cart raced down the hill and fell off the tracks when it reached a curve. This resulted in the death of five people: two teenage boys and an eight-year-old girl, and later two other children in the hospital. The park manager was charged with manslaughter, but although the prosecutor described the trip as a "death trap," he was acquitted in every respect. Shortly afterwards, the Big Dipper was demolished and the park was closed two years later in 1974 to regain its negative reputation after the disaster.
3 Cyclone, Coney Island, New York
This roller coaster is one of the few that have a dark past, but remain open to this day. The Cyclone is one of the most famous representations of Coney Island and was named New York's landmark in 1988. The coaster was first launched on the market in 1927, but its first death did not occur until 1985 when a 29-year-old man decided to get up in the middle of the trip and smash his head onto a cross member. He died immediately. The next year, one of the maintenance workers was on hiatus when he decided to drive the coaster. He preferred not to wear the seat belt and got up on the slope of the ride, although he had been warned of the danger beforehand.
On the descent he fell off the cart, landed on one of the cross members (similar to the previous one) and died. From then on, there were no more accidents on the Cyclone until a 53-year-old man rode the roller coaster in 2007 and the vertebrae tore at the neck due to the sharp decline. He was hospitalized but died of complications related to the operation. Despite these incidents, all investigations have shown that the train is a safe journey and the train remains one of the defining symbols of Coney Island.
2 Mindbender, Fantasyland, Edmonton, Alberta
This is the only indoor coaster on the list, this high-speed triple-loop coaster is the largest of its kind in the world. For years it was ironically touted as the "safest coaster in the world", but in 1986, just one day after an inspection that the trip was considered safe, it failed. It was believed that there was a problem with the wheels of the last car as one of the loops started to sway. Spectators watched with awe and horror as the cart drove off the track and hit a concrete pillar. The incident happened accidentally when a concert was taking place directly under the roller coaster.
Three people died in the crash, one man and two women, and another suffered serious injuries. 19 others also suffered minor injuries and shock. Then it turned out that four screws on one of the coaster's rear wheels had actually loosened and caused the accident. Strict tests and maintenance have been carried out on the coaster over a period of six months so that it can open again and continue safely. Seat belts, headrests and anti-rollback mechanisms were installed and the number of cars was reduced. The coaster was reopened the following year and has been running smoothly since then, but more importantly, safely.
1 Puff the Little Fire Dragon, Lagoon, Utah
This latest incident shows that rides don & # 39; It doesn't have to be overly intense or exhausting to be fatal. The train in question is Puff the Little Fire Dragon in the Utah lagoon, a small children's train with only a few bumps on the route. The tragedy occurred in 1989 when a six-year-old boy named Ryan Beckstead mistakenly tried to unfasten his seat belt after one lap. He fell out of the car and was caught under the lanes. When the ride came back after a lap, the car hit him in the head and killed him.
His father, who was watching from the sidelines, could only stand helplessly where his son met his fate. During the investigation, lawyers found no reason to object to the operator or Lagoon Corp. To bring charges. The girl who made the trip had tried to apply the brakes, but due to the nature and dependence on gravity, the trip could not be stopped. We have not found any criminal negligence on either Lagoon or the operator, ”said the police when asked. It was the first and only time that a coaster of this type was fatal, and the first time that a park was using this coaster to seek further safety improvements. It turns out that you can never tell when such terrible circumstances could occur.