Yet another roller coaster death -- Six Flags Over Georgia
A 45-year-old man died of what authorities have called an apparent heart attack after losing consciousness while riding Goliath
at Six Flags Over Georgia
yesterday afternoon. No ID on the victim yet. Park officials closed the ride for inspection, then reported that it was functioning normally.
And on Monday, an 11-year-old girl was hospitalized for unspecified injuries after a freak accident on the Tornado roller coaster at Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa. The coaster hit a board that had been left near the track by maintenance personnel. Two others were treated for more minor injuries at the scene.
Wow, is it that people are reporting more deaths and incidents the past few years or are there actually more incidents than previously?
There is gonna be some liability with the board left near the track by maintenance.
Wow I rode Goliath twice on Wendesday, that stinks someone died on it.
A few observations, especially since I see many posts throughout the site talking about regulation.
I am 48. I have never had any problems on any ride.
This is going to sound bad, but at least it wasnt a Florida park this time. I feel bad for the mans family, and I wish them well.
Patrick... why the hate?
Why so many deaths all of a sudden?
I dont know that more people are dying on roller coasters, or that its just being reported more in a shorter period of time. I read, and forgive me that I cant remember the site or find it, that 14 people died last year on or because of a theme park ride.
To correct a statement made above... Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia is NOT the same ride at all as the one at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The Magic Mountain Goliath is a hyper built by Giovanola and is known for its really intense positive G-Forces in the helixes that make some people black out. Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia, where this death took place, is a hyper built by B&M and is a MUCH different ride with different cars, different layout, and a ton of airtime, something that is not as prevalent in the Magic Mountain coaster. So despite the same name, they were made by different companies and are completely different!
this is bad and everything
I have ridden Goliath with my 8 year old at least a dozen times. Goliath is by far the most intense rollercoaster I've been on in the sense of the HUGE 1st drop. The first time I rode Goliath, I almost fainted when I saw how far down we were going. I've discovered that after you get accustomed to a coaster like Goliath, others like the Scream Machine (which used to take my breath away) no longer have the same effect. Only Superman the Ride and Batman come close to the ride experience of Goliath. I can see how a person could have a heart attack if they shouldnt be riding, Goliath is a mack daddy rollercoaster. I've been on many coasters in my day, and nothing comes close to the intensity of Goliath. I have to give credit to the folks at Six Flags though, they are very cautious about who they let on the ride. I dont have fear of coasters, but I do respect them and pay close attention to the warnings.
Well it is very unfortunate that people are dying on rides and I feel for their families however, they did choose to ride the ride after reading the warning signs. We take it upon ourselves in life to make choices, whether they are good ones or bad ones and we don't always know until the choice has been made. No fault to the people that died or to the theme parks. It's just one of those unfortunate events that unfold without ryme or reason.
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