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Roller Coaster Derails Near Minneapolis  
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1868 times:

Valleyfair is a theme park in Shakopee, Minnesota, which is just southwest of MSP. The Wild Thing roller coaster broke apart and derailed around 4 PM on Sunday. Seventeen people were transported to hospital. Fortunately, it derailed onto a catwalk next to the track near the end of the ride. If it would have derailed elsewhere on the track things would have been very tragic.



Wild Thing information

TV Report

Mark

[Edited 2006-05-22 01:13:07]

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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1857 times:

I bet the safety inspectors are gonna be all over this like white on rice.

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5519 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1831 times:

Well I'm never going back to Valleyfair again...

User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1787 times:

Geez, this is "worst nightmare" stuff.

The only thing that coaxes me onto rides like this is the knowledge that they are safe SAFE SAFE!

Can't wait to see why this happened.

QFF


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12258 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1711 times:
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Hmm, what will KDWB do this year then? They usually do a Wild Thing marathon where they fill the train with contestants, who then will ride the thing non-stop (pretty much) until there is only one left. Winner usually gets a car.


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User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1709 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 4):
Hmm, what will KDWB do this year then? They usually do a Wild Thing marathon where they fill the train with contestants, who then will ride the thing non-stop (pretty much) until there is only one left. Winner usually gets a car.

Sounds like this could go for days



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12258 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1709 times:
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Quoting Continental (Reply 2):
Well I'm never going back to Valleyfair again...

Do you say that anytime an airliner crashes as well? Accidents happen. They're part of life.



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1679 times:

Quoting Rolfen (Reply 5):
Sounds like this could go for days

It goes on for a little over a week.

Mark


User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1666 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 7):
It goes on for a little over a week.

What a nightmare.



rolf
User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12258 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1664 times:
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Quoting Rolfen (Reply 8):
What a nightmare.

Yeah, some people give up early, while others will sit there just to be the last one. They usually tempt people to get off as well. Like when there's three people left, they'll give $1500 to whoever gets off the ride. And random prices throughout.



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User currently offlineTransWorldSTL From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 568 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1639 times:

Quoting Continental (Reply 2):
Well I'm never going back to Valleyfair again...

This doesn't mean the parks rides aren't safe at all. It's a freak accident cause by unknown reasons.. Most modern roller coasters have protection against derailing such as a backup lock that prevents the coaster from going anywhere in the event that it somehow becomes derailed.


User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1635 times:

Glad to hear no one was killed outright - hope those hospitalized recover quickly. Scary stuff, but its not going to keep me from Great America this weekend! We went to Marine World two weeks ago and I fell in love w/ roller coasters all over again!


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