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virividox
Mar 15, 2004, 09:14 AM
http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/news/story.jsp?floc=FF-APO-1110&idq=/ff/story/0001%2F20040314%2F2259565742.htm&sc=1110

OUch i love this kind of ride tho

wordmunger
Mar 15, 2004, 09:36 AM
http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/news/story.jsp?floc=FF-APO-1110&idq=/ff/story/0001%2F20040314%2F2259565742.htm&sc=1110

OUch i love this kind of ride tho
Ooh. I hate those things. I can handle loop the loops, all kinds of insane rides, but those things make me sick just watching them...

Counterfit
Mar 15, 2004, 09:48 AM
I've never been on one of those that goes upside down, but if all the safety devices were working, this is very strange.

ExoticFish
Mar 15, 2004, 09:54 AM
ouch, i've heard of a couple deaths at some of my local amusement park but it's always sad to hear.

alset
Mar 15, 2004, 12:06 PM
I don't mind roller coasters, but these sort of rides scare the hell out of me. Terrible that someone died from it, but not terribly surprising. She fell 60 ft... I would have expected that she could survive a drop from that height. Perhaps I have a distorted concept of distance vs vulnerability of the human body. Does anyone know about what height generally causes death on impact when hitting concrete/asphalt?

Dan

SilentPanda
Mar 15, 2004, 12:15 PM
I hate those big swinging boat rides. When I was on one in NC/SC (amusement park name escapes me but it was on the border and in both states if I remember correctly) it took an abnormally long amount of time to come back down once it hit peak... and normally once it hits peak you go around a few more times but it came back down and pretty much to a halt. They let us off and told us it had gotten temporarily stuck, they would have it fixed in an hour and we could have a pass to jump to the front of the line to ride it again... :rolleyes:

Yeah... that's what I want to do... ride a broken ride again... that keeps you suspended upside down... uh-huh...

Previously that year the ride that takes you straight up a tower and then "freefall" drops you straight down got stuck at the top and the fire dept had to get the people down (took about 4 or 5 hours)...

Note to self. Don't go there again.

wordmunger
Mar 15, 2004, 12:43 PM
I hate those big swinging boat rides. When I was on one in NC/SC (amusement park name escapes me but it was on the border and in both states if I remember correctly) :rolleyes:


That would be Carowinds. I have no idea if these incidents are > or < the average. I'd be interested to know what's more dangerous, statistically: the drive to and from the park, or the rides in the park itself.

wordmunger
Mar 15, 2004, 12:44 PM
I don't mind roller coasters, but these sort of rides scare the hell out of me. Terrible that someone died from it, but not terribly surprising. She fell 60 ft... I would have expected that she could survive a drop from that height. Perhaps I have a distorted concept of distance vs vulnerability of the human body. Does anyone know about what height generally causes death on impact when hitting concrete/asphalt?

Dan

Ew.... gruesome question! I suspect it has more to do with the position you land in than the height from which you fall. Falling headfirst, the distance might be less than ten feet.

Mantat
Mar 15, 2004, 12:46 PM
Does anyone know about what height generally causes death on impact when hitting concrete/asphalt?

Generaly, more than 3-4 floors = death or vegetable for the rest of your life. So thats about 25 feet... But even a fall of 15 feet can be fatal if you fall on your head!

I personaly did a 20'' drop while rock climbing and it was no fun. Would I have landed 10 inches more to the right a rock would have broken my spine. I guess I was lucky since I only thing I had were some bruises on my ass (some binners were stuck between my ass and the ground).

bousozoku
Mar 15, 2004, 12:47 PM
I'm surprised that it could happen at all.

I've been on the original kind that only went so far back and forth. Then, I remember a second kind with a cage and it went all the way up and over. There was certainly no way to fall out of it. Apparently, there is a third kind.

It's sad that an annoying ride could turn deadly.

wdlove
Mar 15, 2004, 12:51 PM
That is very sad. My prayers go out to her family and friends.

I personally don't care for the majority of the wild amusement rides. They tend to make me sick.

SilentPanda
Mar 15, 2004, 12:55 PM
I personaly did a 20'' drop while rock climbing and it was no fun.

A whole 20 inches? wow...
:D

I'm just messin'... we know what you meant. And I'd agree... a 20 foot drop would be no fun. But you gotta love the sport...

SilentPanda
Mar 15, 2004, 12:58 PM
I'm surprised that it could happen at all.

I've been on the original kind that only went so far back and forth. Then, I remember a second kind with a cage and it went all the way up and over. There was certainly no way to fall out of it. Apparently, there is a third kind.

The only kind I've ever seen is a big boat that swings back and forth until eventually you're doing full circles a few times. Your strapped in roller coaster style.

Counterfit
Mar 15, 2004, 01:56 PM
Generaly, more than 3-4 floors = death or vegetable for the rest of your life. So thats about 25 feet Maybe if you live where no one is over 5 feet tall... ;)

3-4 stories is bout 30-40 feet in the normal world :)