August 24, 1999 |
In the wake of back-to-back accidents at California theme parks, including one in which a board flew free from a Knott's Berry Farm ride Monday and struck five people in the head, a state Senate committee voted to require statewide inspections of all amusement park rides. Though Senate committee members did not discuss Sunday's tragedy--a 12-year-old boy fell to his death at a Bay Area amusement park--Assemblyman Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch) said the incident added momentum to support for the bill.
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June 9, 1993 |
Seven people were treated for minor injuries after a weekend accident at Six Flags Magic Mountain in which a slow-moving roller-coaster train banged into another in the loading station, a spokeswoman for the Valencia park said Tuesday. The Colossus roller-coaster ride was shut down temporarily after the incident at 11 a.m. Sunday while a minor brake adjustment was made and safety tests were conducted, spokeswoman Eileen Harrell said.
April 14, 2006 |
Walt Disney World reopened its "Mission: Space" attraction Thursday, a day after a woman died following a ride on the space-flight simulator. It was the second death in less than a year related to the Epcot Center ride, which spins riders in a centrifuge that subjects them to twice the normal force of gravity. Hiltrud Bleumel, 49, of Schmitten, Germany, died at a hospital on Wednesday. A 4-year-old boy, Daudi Bamuwamye, died in June after taking the ride.
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July 17, 1985 |
Dolly Regina Young spilled out of a bobsled on the Matterhorn ride at Disneyland last year and was killed when the next bobsled ran over her. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles) says the death of the 48-year-old Fremont woman is one of several amusement park fatalities throughout the United States in recent years that have led him to seek federal regulation of ride safety.
July 14, 1993 |
Eight people, including one man who remains hospitalized, were injured late Monday night in a chain-reaction collision on an Orange County Fair roller coaster after the ride's operator apparently failed to activate its brakes. A two-car train on the fair's popular Cyclone ride crashed at high speed into an empty train in the ride's loading bay about 11:30 p.m, sending it into a third train that was being loaded, authorities and victims said.
May 18, 1999 |
State regulation of amusement parks took a big step forward Monday as Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa pledged to vote for a bill that calls for outside inspectors to check rides and for parks to report serious injuries publicly. The state Senate Appropriations Committee, meanwhile, rescheduled a vote for next week on a tough park regulation measure by Sen. Don Perata (D-Alameda).
October 7, 1999 |
Seizing on a series of amusement park fatalities over the summer, lawmakers proposed Wednesday giving the government expanded authority to regulate all rides. The Consumer Product Safety Commission now regulates rides that travel from site to site with carnivals and seasonal fairs. Regulation of roller coasters and other rides at amusement parks is left to the states, more than a dozen of which lack inspection programs, the commission said in a recent report on amusement park injuries.
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July 18, 1995 |
The Ejector Seat bungee ride remained closed at the Orange County Fair on Monday while fair organizers waited for a state inspector to arrive from Sacramento. The ride--which costs $30 to $50 for each spin--was closed Sunday night after it stopped in midair, leaving a Santa Ana man dangling 125 feet from the ground for an hour. The ride may be reopened today if it passes an early morning inspection by the California Department of Industrial Relations.
June 4, 1997 |
Students at the high school here wept Tuesday. They hugged and they walked around as if in a daze, trying to make sense of what happened Monday when one classmate died and 32 others were injured after a water slide broke during what was supposed to be a day of fun at an amusement park. At noon, dozens of students spontaneously gathered around Napa High School's flagpole, where flags lowered to half-mast drooped beneath a darkened sky.
January 11, 1997 |
While critics have worked themselves into a lather denouncing Disneyland's cleanup of lusty swashbucklers on its Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, it appears that a park insider has pulled off the ultimate in politically incorrect pranks. More than a dozen photographs of women baring their breasts on the park's Splash Mountain log ride have appeared on sites across the Internet in recent months--leading some cheeky cyber-fans to christen the attraction "Flash Mountain."