10 Deadly Roller Coaster Accidents
You love Speed and heights. You Love the adrenaline rush of the ride, and the euphoria that lasts for minutes or longer after a great roller coaster experience. But enough about my sex Life cause we’re back with another Roller coaster Episode, but this time, with the worst accidents ever. So Let’s take a look.
10(Bells Amusement Park) Wildcat Roller Coaster, USA
Imagine you are going upwards with a speed of ‘shit-your-pants’ and suddenly you start getting thrown backwards, out of control! Well, that’s exactly what happened on April 20th 1997 at Bell’s Amusement Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As one of the cars reached the top of the highest hill, and a safety device meant to keep it from sliding backward, horribly failed, ejecting and killing a 14-year-old while leaving six others severely wounded. While the victim’s families negotiated a financial settlement, the criminal charges were eventually dropped from the park’s owners.
9(Six Flags Great America) Willard’s Whizzer, USA
If you think Final Destination was just a movie, well think again. This incident occurred on March 29, 1980 at Willard’s Whizzer, California, when a teenage boy was just stepping onto the ride, and without warning a second train came up behind and rammed the train while he was boarding. The impact threw the teen onto the tracks, where the runaway train crushed his chest fatally killing him, and seriously injuring 8 others.
8(Disneyland) Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, USA
A runaway-mine-train themed with caves, mine shafts and a desert landscape, brought forth a horrible accident in 2003, when the Locomotive of the ride suddenly came to a complete stop while at full speed, causing back-end of the train, to kick up off the tracks, and colliding with the ceiling of the cave. Leaving 1 person dead and severely injuring 10 others. Investigators blamed the maintenance workers, ride operators, and a mechanic for the accident. Disneyland eventually settled the case with undisclosed amount of money to the victim’s family.
7(Battersea Fun Fair) Big Dipper, Britain
1972. A day of laughter and delight turned into a day of terror, when one of the cars rolled back into the station after breaking loose from the coaster, taking the lives of 5 innocent children, and leaving dozens wounded. To this date, British roller coaster enthusiast, hold this roller coaster accident, as the worst the country has ever seen, making it one the worst roller coaster accidents of all time.
6(Loudoun Castle Amusement Park) The Rat, Scotland
Some amusement park accidents take the lives of its employees, as a coaster named “The Rat” did in 2007. 18-year-old Mark Blackwood died within hours of receiving training in the operation of the roller coaster, as he dropped from a deadly height while trying to push a car that was stuck and stopped on the track.
5(Expoland) The Six-Car Fujin Raijin II, Japan
It was Children’s Day in Japan, but no one was celebrating after an accident left one dead and 19 injured in Osaka, on May 5th, 2007. Marked as one of Japan’s worst roller coaster accidents, happened when the coaster derailed and went flying off the tracks. After an investigation, it was discovered that it had bad axles and had not been replaced in 15 years. When the park reopened, even more poor quality axles were found on their other coasters. As a result, the Park was closed down for good, on February 9th 2009
4(Gillian’s Wonderland Pier,) The Wild Wonder, New Jersey
On a fine morning of August 28,1999, Kimberly Bailey, 39, and her 8-year-old daughter Jessica, planned to relax at the beach, and enjoy a thrilling ride. But unfortunately things did not go as planned, as the coaster called “The Wild Wonder” accidentally malfunctioned at the peak of the coasters, resulting in the coaster to fling backwards, in an uncontrolled drop. With the coaster not being equipped to handle the speed, it ejected both Kimberly and Jessica at a height of 41 feet, killing them instantly. Investigators determined that a faulty brake replacement caused the accident, and the park authorities were fined $55,000 for safety-rule violations.
3(Fantasyland,) Mindbender, Canada
One of the most horrific indoor accidents happened in Edmonton, Canada, when a coaster called Mindbender gained a lot more momentum than needed, and derailed, stalling at the top and sliding backward into a concrete column. 3 innocent riders perished and at least 15 were severely injured in this 1986 tragedy. Just one day before the accident, An Alberta Safety Inspector declared the ride safe. You had one job, one fuckin job man.
2(Krug Park) The Big Dipper, Nebraska
On 24 July 1930, “The Big Dipper” derailed due to its faulty brake system. As a result, One of the cars jumped off the tracks, breaking through a guardrail and falling 35 feet, killing 4 and leaving 20 severely injured. The tragedy is still considered the deadliest roller coaster accident in United States history.
1(Overseas Chinese Town East Theme Park,) Space Journey, China
Designed to simulate the launch of a rocket, a ride called “Space Journey” took the life of 6 innocent riders, and injured a dozen more. The ride had 40 passengers aboard when one of the cabins came loose, and collided with the others, causing them to fall at deadly height of 50 feet, making this the worst roller coaster accident of all time.
And there you have it, our list of the top 10 roller coaster tragedies of all time. Have we forgot to mention any? Mention them in the comments section, below. And as always, don’t forget to like, share and subscribe.