Coaster collision at Cedar Point injures 10
This one flew under the radar for a few days, but as these incidents always do now, finally got out.
Last Friday, a train on the Wildcat coaster at Cedar Point rolled back down a lift, colliding with the train behind it.
Ten people were injured in the collision, according to AP reports. Nine were treated at the scene for bruises and other minor injuries. One was transported to a local hospital for observation, though I've yet to find any additional information about that victim.
State agricultural department officials are investigating and looking at potential issues with the track.
A bit of general background, not necessarily related to this incident: If you've ever wondered what makes the "clackety-clack" sound as you are riding up a roller coaster lift, it is the sound of the rachet dogs slapping against the anti-rollback bar underneath the train. If the lift chain breaks or stops, the rachet will catch in grooves in the anti-rollback bar, keeping the train from rolling back down the hill, and preventing this sort of incident from occurring.
Which, then, leads me to wonder what the situation on Wildcat was that led to a rollback. Any Cedar Point fans care to chime in?
I wonder after an accident like this, if all involved try to sue the park.
Um... if an accident is 100-percent a park's fault, and a person incurs financial costs as a result of that accident (lost work, medical bills, etc. -- not to mention the lost of the rest of the day at the park that the person paid for),
All I am trying to say is that during a minor incident there are always those out for blood.
I've heard and read on the fan sites...take that for what it's worth, that they were having issues with the lift itself. That may have been the case, although I'm not sure about that being the whole cause. All of these cars have rollback devices that are pretty cut and dry. There is a rail with metal teeth on the track, and there are metal catch devices attached to the cars called chain dogs. If the chain stops, the metal pieces connect and the car locks on the track.
Well that explains why it wasn't open when we got there last Saturday. Is it possible the "chain dog" retracts after reaching the top of a lift hill?
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