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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mds-theme-park-tsunami-rollercoaster-8286975
 
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Mushroom

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This. Should. Not. Happen.

Jesus.

What modern roller coaster derails? In this day and age? Seriously, is a train completely derailing at a major modern theme park even precedented?

I don't even know how this happened. Coaster trains don't just fly off the track, unless the track itself is broken. But based on pictures, the track itself is completely intact.

So the only other way the train could have derailed is if its wheels fell off, right? BBC posted a picture of a wheel mechanism that fell off the train... but how does when missing set of wheels cause an entire train to fall off? Wouldn't the wheels have to have fallen off of several parts of the train for it to literally fly off the track small?

It looks like nobody was killed, as far as we know right now, which is good. However, what a traumatic event nonetheless, and 10 people still have serious injuries.

I also fear the public will view this incident, which I assume is the result of terrible maintenance and weak inspections, as a "norm" and roller coasters everywhere will be viewed as unsafe.

Sigh...
 
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Fur Dozy

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The coaster itself looks to be some sort of cheap deal. sorta like a Pinfari. Should one set of wheels come of the additional stress on the next set could cause a chain reaction.

Also small thing but why does the Tsunami roller coaster in the UK have the Eagles logo?

And why are accidents in the UK reported as a "horror crash"
 
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Fur Dozy said:
And why are accidents in the UK reported as a "horror crash"

The fact that the UK has had two major roller coaster accidents in the last year, that should never happen in the first place is just terrible.
 

Nicole

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British tabloids tend to be more salacious than ours, which probably explains the inflammatory language.

And before anyone misunderstands me, I am not minimizing what happened. I am merely suggesting that the Mirror is presenting events in a way designed to maximize sales.
 
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The Hessian

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Nicole said:
And before anyone misunderstands me, I am not minimizing what happened.  I am merely suggesting that the Mirror is presenting events in a way designed to maximize sales.

That is the premise of all tabliods not just British ones all they care about is money.



As far as the accident this one of those things that we fear might happen but don't expect it to, when I first heard it about I was speechless in shock.
 

Nicole

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The Hessian said:
Nicole said:
And before anyone misunderstands me, I am not minimizing what happened.  I am merely suggesting that the Mirror is presenting events in a way designed to maximize sales.

That is the premise of all tabliods not just British ones all they care about is money.

Obviously.

My point was that British tabloids are more salacious than their American counterparts in their attempts to sell copy. I was addressing the valid point that the phrase "horror crash" is over the top.
 
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That is just insane. I don't buy the all the wheels came off theory. It's a freak accident but that would be on a whole other level. The track must have separated for it to all land away from the ride like that. If wheels broke off it would be an uneven mess and since that ride isn't breaking any land speed records it most likely would have come to a stop in a bunch somewhere on the ride.
 
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Nicole said:
My point was that British tabloids are more salacious than their American counterparts in their attempts to sell copy.  I was addressing the valid point that the phrase "horror crash" is over the top.

The British Press has been and always will be like this. They take sensationalism to the extreme. They've been doing this so long that it's expected by the people. Shocking headlines and captions in news articles are the absolute norm there.
 
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I wonder which countries have the highest/lowest minimum requirements for amusement park safety. This is just sad that this was able to happen at all.
 
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