Have you heard what happened? In Kentucky. My God.
What would had caused those cables to snap?
Where were the inspections, or inspectors?
I hate those places.
Wonder if it goes back to the design work. Maybe, someone's calculations were off.
all it would take is a bearing to seize up and not be noticed on a pulley or shaft, and wear the cables,
Cables, and other mechanical devices, do not always appear to be worn, even if they are almost at the point of failure. That is one reason airplanes crash. I just wonder if they had to sign a waiver like many "thrill rides", such as bungy jumping, do.
There's a website dedicated to amusement park accidents. I know a owner of amusement park rides and he states that there are so many overlooked situations between broken welds and wore out equipment that it is no surprise to him to not hear more.
No money will erase the trauma that girl experienced. Sucks to go to an amusement park and leave with no feet.
My son and I were just talking about that ride today on the ride to camp. He didn't mention having to sign anything but I didn't think of asking either. Yes it does Rugged sucks big time and you are so right about the money. Those cables are as wide as a car.
One can sign a waiver for just about anything, but courts are generally reluctant to enforce waivers of liability - particularly when one party is negligent (and especially grossly negligent!). Having a cable snap and amputate your feet is not really foreseeable as opposed to becoming dizzy and falling down after riding the teacups. Makes you think twice about the safety of rides at even well-known amusement parks. Poor girl!
Last edited by Backglass; 06-28-2007 at 10:11 AM.
I'm guessing there has been no contact with the family on the advice of Six Flag's attorneys since there surely will be a lawsuit!
On another note: so sorry to see the previous elec forum threads were maliciously deleted. I didn't get the chance to read the older ones and I found these to be quite helpful.