21/10/2021

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‘Super death’ ride shuts over injury spate

The world’s fastest rollercoaster, which hits “super death” speeds of up to 180km/h, has been forced to close after thrillseekers shattered bones.

    The world’s fastest roller coaster has been forced to close after thrillseekers shattered bones on the terrifying ride.

    The ride, which goes from zero to 180km/h in 1.56 seconds, has left at least six riders with shattered bones – with four of them claiming to have a broken back or neck.

    “Do-Dodonpa” was built in Japan’s Fuji-Q Highland Park in 2001 and its high speed is described as “super death” speed.

    The fast-accelerating roller coaster has been suspended until further notice due to the horrifying injuries.

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    The incidents were reported to the authorities on August 17, stunning officials.

    The park has said that it’s only recently been causing riders to break their bones, despite being in operation two decades ago.

    In 2017 the ride was modified to go even faster, from 170km/h to 180km/h, and said there were no reports of serious injuries until December.

    After an investigation, no technical issues were found according to Fuji-Q Highland.

    The ride’s manufacturing company, Sansei Technologies, apologised to the injured customers but said it also didn’t know what caused the injuries.

    According to Naoya Miyasato, an architecture professor from Nihon University who studies roller coaster designs, said accidents that result in broken bones are unheard of.

    “Roller coaster designs must all abide by government-approved standards, so the fact that there are multiple similar accidents is unusual,” he told Vice World News.

    “If a rider can’t withstand the acceleration, then they sustain injury, which could be what’s happening here.”

    Another issue might be the way passengers are sitting. “If they detected no serious concerns with the actual ride, then it could be the way people were sitting,” Mr Miyasato told Vice.

    “But if a person was sitting incorrectly, say with space between their backs and their seat, it’s the responsibility of the park employees to check their seating position.”

    Before Do-Dodonpa, the fastest speed record was held by Superman: The Escape and Tower of Terror.

    According to Safety Science in 2019, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) reported that there is a one in 17 million chance of being seriously injured on a fixed-site ride in the United States.

    In Scotland, two children were injured and eight casualties were treated by paramedics after a rollercoaster derailed at a theme park.

    Screaming passengers were left in tears after two carriages hurtled off the tracks at Landmark Adventure Park in Carrbridge.

    One witness said the theme park was “packed” at the time of the horror incident and the “crash” caused people to start “running away” from the site.

    Shocked families reported hearing a loud bang and screaming at 11.30am.

    “I heard a big bang and screams,” an eyewitness told The Scottish Sun.

    “People were coming off crying and then the fire brigade came.”

    This article originally appeared on the US Sun and was reproduced with permission

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