Launch failure on Kings Dominion's Volcano strands 15, hurts 2
An accident Friday shut down Volcano: The Blast Coaster
at Kings Dominion
in Virginia. A train stalled after launching from the load station, rolling back slightly, then leaving 15 riders stranded on the track of the Intamin suspended coaster, where they had to be cherry-picked by local emergency personnel. Two people were hospitalized for their injuries, a boy who was treated and released for a leg injury and a man who suffered more serious, unspecified injuries.
High-speed launch coasters, such as Top Thrill Dragster and Kingda Ka, have had problems before with debris-spewing launch failures, but as I understand Volcano (I haven't seen it in person), the mechanism there is different. Haven't heard a report yet about how long the ride will be down, so I'll defer to our readers in the area to submit an update.
Isnt Volcano an magnetic coaster similar to Hulk and Rockin Roller Coaster? Why would anything fly off of it if thats the case? Top thrill dragster, and Kingda Ka I can understand as they both have mechanical pieces, such as Dragsters cable (I believe) and Ka's plates. This is very curious. It will be interesting to see what really went wrong with this coaster.
Volcano uses two systems: A catapult system at the beginning of the ride, using pullies, cables and a counterbalance. And an electromagnetic system to "blast" the riders to the top and out of the volcano. I've ridden Volcano quite a few times. I've been hit with such debris as: caps, sunglasses, cell phones, keys and small toys. The staff is usually young, high-school kids out for the summer, and not always see if a rider is carrying (or wearing) an item that may cause an issue.
So if I'd have to guess I'd say that the catapult system at the bottom snapped and thats where the cuts and damage came from?
I thought that Volcano was totally LIM launched. How could you have a catapult system for the first launch when you're already moving when you begin to launch?
Kings Dominion website says Volcano is temporary closed. I agre with the previous response. Volcano is all electromagnetics becuase you can see the motors above your head during the launch. It must have been a part hoding the moters to the track that caused the injuries.
Done a little more research on it. According to other news sites, several riders said that the train started up but then began to slide back down very fast. The breaks were deployed but failed, the second set of breaks deployed and burnt apart. That seems to be what hit everyone.
Okay, now I'm a little confused about what happened. What we know: Volcano is totally a LIM launched suspended coaster, there was an accident, 2 people got hurt. Where did the accident occur? Was it at the first launch area right outside the station? Or was it the second one right before going vertical out the mountain? Which part of the track did the train finally stop on? Where are the emergency brakes located?
Heres the story I got my information from. And it does not say the brakes broke up, my mistake. I just says they were hit with debris as the ride came to a stop
A bit more info...
The extent of the man's injuries was not minor. I will not disclose information or details in respect to the family. I am friends with the man's father-in-law through work. The man will be okay though.
Thanks for the clarification, Dustin. Please send along our best wishes for a swift recovery.
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The following is the text of the referenced Associated Press story:
Sorry, Glenn, but I have to call B.S. on a few assumptions by the e-mailer you posted.
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