One dead, others injured in Japanese coaster derailment
A roller coaster derailment in Japan killed one woman and injured about 20 others today. The accident on the Fujin-Raijin II coaster at Expoland park in Suita, Osaka happened on "Children's Day" during the Golden Week holidays in Japan.
Reports claim that an axle broke on one of the trains of the car, causing the derailment and sending the car into a guardrail at high speed.
Here are two reports:
God bless those families!
That's always been a nightmare for me. Hope everyone's okay.
My thoughts and prayers go to those families. Personally, this is one way i am not afraid of dying, cuase it was something that i loved to do. I hope those that were injured make a quick and safe recovery.
As someone that has a lot of experience with the design and testing of coasters, I am surprised that a single point failure can result in derailment. Due to the constantly reversing loads on coaster parts, stress cracking is a constant nightmare. My heart goes out to the families involved.
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