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Apr 20th, 2004

Lovely, it's worth noting that I'm less than an hour's drive away from the mentioned Oakwood theme park.

Apr 20th, 2004

Many years ago I recall reading some article which said there are really no safety regulators for many of the newer, more complex rides and roller coasters. Amusement parks have to build these increasingly complex machines in order to compete with one another, but consequently they become more and more dangerous.
Having said that, the Mr. Freeze roller coaster at Six Flags in Dallas is kick ass.

Apr 20th, 2004

They need pictures. I want to see the incident.

Apr 20th, 2004

My first real job was at Six Flags Magic Mountain in the risk management department. I talked to injured people and investigated accidents for five years there. That was 89-94, and I still kinda miss it.

Apr 21st, 2004

Extreme Gravitron!
"A panel broke off the ride, ejecting three passengers at full speed."

choadwarrior -- what were some of the bad accidents you investigated? and what did the park do for people that were hurt? (pay them off?)

Apr 22nd, 2004

There weren't any deaths while i was there, but i saw some trauma.

The first weekend i worked there, a paraplegic was riding on Z-Force, which is one of those planes that makes a 360 rotation. While the plane was upside down, his legs flopped down toward the ground due to gravity. When the plane rotated back down, his leg flopped out of the plane and got crushed between the plane and the loading dock. It was very meaty.

The biggest event was when two 25-person boats when down a drop at the same time on a water ride called Tidal Wave due to a computer glitch. When the first boat hit the water at the bottom of the drop, the second boat slammed into it and jumped on top of it and the riders in the back two rows. Most people were okay, but i remember one kid who had a serious closed head injury.

Other than that, most of the real gory stuff was either employee injuries or from drunks who managed to hurt themselves in all sorts of creative ways.

If the park was clearly at fault, then we would accept liability and then it was just a matter determining extent of damage. For most claims, we'd fight, since liability was almost always at question.

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