10 disturbing accidents that took place in amusement parks
1. Rolling Thunder
Ride: Rolling Thunder
Park: Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey
In 1981, a park employee of 20 years old died. He was riding the wooden roller coaster during a test run. It has been assumed that he wouldn't have fastened himself securely. However, the root cause of the accident is a mystery, as no one really saw the young man fall off the ride.
2. Big Dipper
Ride: Big Dipper
Park: Battersea Park, London, UK
Possibly one of the most disastrous accidents in the history of amusement parks. In May 1972, the wooden roller coaster was having a train lifted up to the beginning of the ride. Unfortunately, it broke loose from the haulage and rolled into a train that was behind, killing five children and leaving badly 13 injured.
Park: Coney Island, New York City, New York
The Cyclone built in 1927 is one of the damaging roller coasters in the States. It took the lives of three people in 3 different years. May 1985, a 29-year-old was killed when he stood up and hit his head on the crossbeam. Three years later, a 26-year-old fell from the roller coaster and died. And finally on July 2007, a 53-year-old got his neck crushed while on the Cyclone. He died few days after the incident. Do we see a pattern here? Number 3 seems to be a very unlucky number! And weirdly enough, we unknowingly chose this as our third accident for the list!
4. Flight Commander
Ride: Flight Commander
Park: Kings Island, Mason, Ohio
On June 9, 1991, a woman of 32 years fell from the Flight Commander and died from the crash. It was shocking to find out that two people had died an hour before the incident, after being electrocuted while attempting to save a man who had fallen into the pond in the very same amusement park.
5. Texas Giant
Ride: Texas Giant
Park: Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington, Texas
A 52-year-old died in July 2013, when she was riding the Texas Giant roller coaster in Six Flags Over Texas Amusement Park. She fell 75ft (23m) down to the ground. It’s been stated that she may have not been securely fastened to her seat, and she hit on a support rod when she fell down from the train.
6. Fujin Raijin II
Ride: Fujin Raijin II
Park: Expoland, Osaka, Japan
On May 2007, one woman was killed and 19 people were severely injured in the Expoland Amusement Park in Japan. The train of the Fujin Raijin roller coaster went off tracks and hit a rail. According to reports, it has been that the accident happened after the axle on the wheel of one of the car’s broke.
7. Black Witch
Ride: Black Witch
Park: Magic Harbor, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
A 13-year-old had herself almost beheaded when she stood up while on the roller coaster, in 1983. Magic Harbor in South Carolina was a popular attraction during the holidays, but after the death of the girl, they shut down completely.
8. Superman Tower of Power
Ride: Superman Tower of Power
Park: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville, Kentucky
A group of young girls were slapped with the cables from the roller coaster, when it snapped. To make it worse, one of the girls’ feet got coiled by the wires, the car soon dropped severing her feet. The ride was then shut down and removed from the park.
Park: Galaxyland, Edmonton, Canada
Galaxyland an indoor park, holds the world’s largest triple loop roller coaster, Mindbender. It’s also a place where 3 people were killed. The missing bolts on the wheels of the last car was the reason for the whole train to detach from its tracks. The last car then teetered vigorously, hitting the coaster’s support structure and tossing off the people on board before colliding with a concrete pillar.
Park: Terra Mitica, Benidorm, Spain
An 18-year-old from Iceland had an unfortunate accident in the roller coaster at the Terra Mitica Amusement Park in Spain. In July 2014, he was tossed out of the rollercoaster. The boy died right after the accident in the ambulance. It was later found during investigation that the belt or strap of the seat was open. The exact reason for the failure has not been concluded yet.