- Aug 14, 2010
Well, she appears to be a guest of size which would explain the restraint not fully clicking in. I have had times myself where I felt like I was close to flying out of my seat ( on SFA and KD owned woodies).
First, I would toss out everything that this Carmen Brown person is saying.
None of that is accurate.
1. The restraints don't click. They are hydraulic, and go down silently. In addition there are redundant (secondary hydraulic) systems in place to insure that the restraints don't release while the ride is in motion. Not to mention that the RCS won't allow the train to be dispatched if it senses that any of the restraints are not fully locked. Actual restraint failure is extremely uncommon, almost to the point of impossible.
2. She is incorrect about where the accident happened. It wasn't on the drop, it was at the overbanked turn after the double-down maneuver following the first drop.
If I had to guess, and I don't mean to be offensive to anyone here, I would immediately assume that she was of a body type that makes it difficult to seat properly. Similar to the accident a few years back on another coaster, if a restraint is closed and is only resting on a person's stomach, there is a real risk of the person's stomach popping out over the restraint during times of negative g's. This leaves the restraint loose around their mid-section until it is either pushed down by the rider or by positive g's later in the ride.
My instinct tells me that this rider's body became loose in the restraints during the double-down maneuver, and was ejected seconds later as the train went into the overbanked turn.
Time will tell....
Very sad thing, though.
"Approximately 297 million guests visit the 400 U.S. amusement parks annually and take 1.7 billion safe rides," the association says on its website.
Visitors of fixed-site amusement parks -- places where rides are permanently attached to the ground -- have a 1 in 24 million chance of being seriously injured, the association said.
b.mac said:Sadly when something like this happens the numbers get casually ignored in order to hook readers and viewers. Numbers are more important than the actual facts these days and it's disappointing.
Shane said:I don't really know what a seat belt would actually do in this situation, but perhaps they are necessary for all lapbar style coasters.
b.mac said:Apollo's Chariot uses clamshell restraints which are designed to fit snug onto people's thighs and pinch flat to their waist preventing movement. If their stomach restricts the movement of the restraint then they will be denied ability to ride.
I can see that...freedom of movement. But at the same time, I don't want to be so FREE as to go flying like Superman on a big hop. I'd much rather feel tight and snug on these things.