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Fatal Roller Coaster Accident at Japan's Expoland

Postby robbalvey » Sat May 05, 2007 1:55 am

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,270154,00.html

TOKYO — A roller coaster traveling at up to 46 miles per hour hit a guardrail at an amusement park in western Japan on Saturday, killing one person and injuring 21 others, officials and a media report said Saturday.

At least two people suffered serious injuries, Kyodo News agency reported.

Osaka police official Kaoru Tanaka said a woman was killed, but it was not immediately clear how seriously the 21 others were hurt.

The accident occurred at Expoland in Osaka, which is 255 miles west of Tokyo. It happened amid Japan's "Golden Week" holiday, when many families pack amusement parks and other tourist sites.

The park was closed following the accident, according to park official Kazuhiro Shiba, adding that officials were investigating. The stand-up roller coaster could hold up to 24 passengers and travel at up to 47 miles per hour, Shiba said.

Kyodo said the roller coaster hit a guardrail.

Expoland opened as the amusement zone for the 1970 International Exposition held in Osaka.


Here's another version of the story:

http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/national/ ... 2000c.html

SUITA, Osaka -- A woman died when the seats of the roller coaster she was riding in fell off at the Expoland amusement park here on Saturday afternoon, police said.

Three seats fell off the rollercoaster at about 1 p.m. An adult female died after being thrown violently against a fence. At least 40 people -- including two other passengers whose seats came off -- were injured, and 31 of them were rushed to hospital.

Local firefighters set up a rescue point at the amusement park and are treating some of the wounded.

The roller coaster runs at up to 75 kilometers per hour on a 1,050-meter-long, 40-meter-high course. (Mainichi)
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Postby Janster » Sat May 05, 2007 2:35 am

This news even reached the 9.00 a.m. radio news in the Netherlands.

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Postby BDG » Sat May 05, 2007 2:54 am

Looks like the second car (partially) derailed.
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Postby Nrthwnd » Sat May 05, 2007 3:51 am

We just got a brief report of it, thru BBC Newsworld on TV.

Here in Amsterdam. (still here until Thurs.)

Hmmm.

Makes the upcoming TPR Japan Tour kinda....

...more interesting, hmmm?
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Postby Johnny Upsidedown » Sat May 05, 2007 4:19 am

Looks similar the the Wild Thing accident.

The article says an axle broke, that looks like the car came off the wheel boggey instead.

Do the TOGOs actually have an axle like a car or are the wheel boggies seperate from each other.,. Checked some photos and they look to be seperate wheel boggies,.

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Postby BDG » Sat May 05, 2007 4:48 am

An adult female died after being thrown violently against a fence.


Basically, the cause of the death is that bloody walkway alongside Japanese roller coasters.
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Postby Théo the little french » Sat May 05, 2007 4:54 am

That's completely crazy!! In one month there were 4 accidents (with this one):
-2 in France: the first was during the "Foire du Trône" (sorry I can't translate this name) and the second in Bal Parc
-1 in Legoland (was it in Denmark? I don't remember)
-and to finish this one!!

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Postby Johnny Upsidedown » Sat May 05, 2007 4:59 am

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/world ... ee&k=84888
Another photo in this article from closer to the train.
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Postby Louise » Sat May 05, 2007 5:21 am

Every media outlet seems to have a different version of this, I'm wondering just what's true. The caption on one site for the picture Robb posted at the top states that the part of the train "from which the seats fell off" is covered by the sheet, but then what's going on with that second car?? ::shock::

Also wondering what it means by "seats"... The only stand-up I've ridden is Shockwave at Drayton Manor, and assuming the restraints are always somewhat similar, I can't figure out what could happen to allow somebody to be thrown from those. Not that I trust the media anyway. :wink:

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Postby Carnage » Sat May 05, 2007 5:43 am

Louise wrote:The caption on one site for the picture Robb posted at the top states that the part of the train "from which the seats fell off" is covered by the sheet, but then what's going on with that second car?? ::shock::


That sheet is probably covering up where the car impacted the guard rail.

The de-railed car is probably just where the train finally stopped.

I'd imagine the impact was probably pretty gruesome.
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