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2021-09-24 6:54:34 PM  
A review of surveillance video of operations on the ride also found one of the operators "inconsistently used the process of unbuckling and moving all seatbelts to clear the seats" - something other operators were found to have done more consistently

If one of the primary safety protocols for your ride involves a 14 year-old employee consistently following instructions to prevent the death of a six year-old, you need to come up with better protocols. An automatic harness that supplements the seat belt comes to mind instead of just mandating two farking seat belts, which is just farking lazy.

Reminds me of a problem I had back in college from a fairly creative engineering professor. He asked how we would design a system to slow down a speeding car that went airborne after the brakes failed. More than half the class wasted a week designing a secondary brake system for the wheels. You got 25% for that because you made an assumption the car was coming back down to the road quickly. Literally any other solution - even if it involved a secondary brake system and something else - got more credit.
 
2021-09-24 7:24:01 PM  
Well I have nothing snarky to say about this. If I was involved in any way I'm pretty sure I'd drink myself to death.
 
2021-09-24 8:07:43 PM  

Mugato: Well I have nothing snarky to say about this....


I'm pretty sure your Fark account can be banned for that.
 
2021-09-24 8:08:34 PM  
Sad to hear....but that's an odd picture
 
2021-09-24 8:10:42 PM  

Mugato: Well I have nothing snarky to say about this. If I was involved in any way I'm pretty sure I'd drink myself to death.


shiat I'm halfway there already brother and I never killed anyone.
 
2021-09-24 8:14:17 PM  
Poor little kid.
 
2021-09-24 8:21:13 PM  

Mugato: Well I have nothing snarky to say about this. If I was involved in any way I'm pretty sure I'd drink myself to death.


For once you and I are in agreement. And furthermore it's the exact same headline from the first time they posted the story.
 
2021-09-24 8:24:00 PM  
How the fark does a 6yo get on this kind of ride anyway?

/poor kid
 
2021-09-24 8:24:20 PM  
I mean, if you let a six year old ride that thing without a parent or guardian, you are a farking bad parent.  Sorry I said what we parents were all thinking.
 
2021-09-24 8:28:38 PM  

Saturn5: Mugato: Well I have nothing snarky to say about this....

I'm pretty sure your Fark account can be banned for that.


Guess they should have put one of those "Seatbelts Save Lives" signs at the end of the ride.
 
2021-09-24 8:30:25 PM  
What the hell even is this ride? Like one of those big drops but underground instead?
 
2021-09-24 8:30:34 PM  

Saturn5: Mugato: Well I have nothing snarky to say about this....

I'm pretty sure your Fark account can be banned for that.


And I already have a window seat to hell but....maybe that sign is in the photo that the ride takes of you at a key "seatbelts are really important here" moment.
 
2021-09-24 8:33:34 PM  
Belts probably giving faults warning. Easier to just ignore than fix it.
 
2021-09-24 8:33:55 PM  
Wheeeeeee*splat*
 
2021-09-24 8:35:47 PM  
Amusement park rides become equally more terrifying the further my age difference gets from the ride operators.
 
2021-09-24 8:40:16 PM  
Maybe I'm being harsh but I don't understand how a kid that young gets on a ride like this and no one looks over how she's buckled in. On the rides I've been on not only do I double check my own situation but I give a quick look at anyone near or next to me.

No article I've read addresses if a parent or other adult family member was with her on this ride.
1. If no one else was with her on this ride, what the fark is wrong with you people?!?!
2. If someone was accompanying her on this ride but they didn't check to make sure she was secured, what the fark is wrong with you people?!?!
 
2021-09-24 8:45:21 PM  

deadsanta: I mean, if you let a six year old ride that thing without a parent or guardian, you are a farking bad parent.  Sorry I said what we parents were all thinking.


No shiat. If I'm in the seat next to the kid their seat belt is done up properly, even if it was a complete stranger.
 
2021-09-24 8:45:36 PM  

RatMaster999: How the fark does a 6yo get on this kind of ride anyway?

/poor kid


don't start this shiat again, mf
 
2021-09-24 8:47:26 PM  
"multiple factors for the girl's death, including multiple operator errors and a lack of proper training and understanding of how the ride's operator interface worked"

I have an addition to the operator interface:

A poster of the girl, her name, date and cause of death.  Right beside the "Go" button.
 
2021-09-24 8:49:50 PM  
I know it makes me an old fart (I already knew that), but I'm kinda glad I don't feel a need to go on thrill rides anymore.
 
2021-09-24 8:49:51 PM  

Saturn5: Mugato: Well I have nothing snarky to say about this....

I'm pretty sure your Fark account can be banned for that.


Nah, he redeemed himself with the "I'd drink myself to death" part.
 
2021-09-24 8:51:18 PM  

west.la.lawyer: RatMaster999: How the fark does a 6yo get on this kind of ride anyway?

/poor kid

don't start this shiat again, mf


That kid is back on the escalator again!
 
2021-09-24 8:55:59 PM  

Watubi: Amusement park rides become equally more terrifying the further my age difference gets from the ride operators.


I just make sure I'm buckled/harnessed in properly. Most thrill ride restraints are pretty self explanatory. If you can't figure them out, the staff will help you when you ask. The kid in TFA had the misfortune of not only failing to secure herself, the belts LOOKED like she was secured when they weren't. No guardian on the ride, camouflaged danger, inattentive/untrained/inexperienced staff (who might have been a little drunk/high), recipe for disaster.

You're still more likely to eat it on a highway than a theme park ride. Don't give up on the coasters.
 
2021-09-24 8:58:53 PM  

Mugato: Well I have nothing snarky to say about this. If I was involved in any way I'm pretty sure I'd drink myself to death.


No kidding.  I guess I could hope that the operators deserve the pain they must be feeling, but I'm guessing they were just young people with a fun seasonal job that most people reminisce about; "I worked at a place like this one summer, ran the whirly bird ride, boy the stories I could tell", not "I can still hear the thump of the 6 year old that died because I didn't realize... [trails off sobbing...] always take your job seriously"
 
2021-09-24 8:59:22 PM  

Lsherm: A review of surveillance video of operations on the ride also found one of the operators "inconsistently used the process of unbuckling and moving all seatbelts to clear the seats" - something other operators were found to have done more consistently

If one of the primary safety protocols for your ride involves a 14 year-old employee consistently following instructions to prevent the death of a six year-old, you need to come up with better protocols. An automatic harness that supplements the seat belt comes to mind instead of just mandating two farking seat belts, which is just farking lazy.

Reminds me of a problem I had back in college from a fairly creative engineering professor. He asked how we would design a system to slow down a speeding car that went airborne after the brakes failed. More than half the class wasted a week designing a secondary brake system for the wheels. You got 25% for that because you made an assumption the car was coming back down to the road quickly. Literally any other solution - even if it involved a secondary brake system and something else - got more credit.


Just saw a video today about a Camaro in drag race that went airborne. Driver deployed the shute and it was pulled back to the ground, where the brakes would work.
 
2021-09-24 9:00:19 PM  

theknuckler_33: I know it makes me an old fart (I already knew that), but I'm kinda glad I don't feel a need to go on thrill rides anymore.


Give it another whack, assuming your ticker/health and waistline let you get on board. Keeps you young. Other than your own built-in timebombs there isn't much to fear. And the parks have emergency crews ready to go if you overdo it.
 
2021-09-24 9:01:37 PM  

Russ1642: deadsanta: I mean, if you let a six year old ride that thing without a parent or guardian, you are a farking bad parent.  Sorry I said what we parents were all thinking.

No shiat. If I'm in the seat next to the kid their seat belt is done up properly, even if it was a complete stranger.


And before I even buckled my own self in.
 
2021-09-24 9:13:11 PM  

Marksrevenge: theknuckler_33: I know it makes me an old fart (I already knew that), but I'm kinda glad I don't feel a need to go on thrill rides anymore.

Give it another whack, assuming your ticker/health and waistline let you get on board. Keeps you young. Other than your own built-in timebombs there isn't much to fear. And the parks have emergency crews ready to go if you overdo it.


I hear ya, but I'll stick to moderate trail hiking with a nice visual payoff at the end. No lines and it's free!
 
2021-09-24 9:21:35 PM  

Sawdust and Mildew: What the hell even is this ride? Like one of those big drops but underground instead?


Yes. It starts aboveground.
The park is a cave/spelunking park first and foremost, called The Fairy Caves. (actually pretty cool if ur a caving nerd or history nerd)
The newer owners have added rides and stuff to the mountain top since they bought it.
Highest altitude rooller coaster in the country (it's tiny)!
A swing that floats u out over the edge of a canyon over the Colorado River and Interstate highway below!
An alpine coaster. Laser tag.

I used to take so many dates up there. (gondola ride up to the top is fun)

/RIP poor little girl
 
2021-09-24 9:50:22 PM  
The only reason people pay good money for this kind of ride is the thrill.

The thrill exists because of the danger.

Be honest, when the ride re-opens, the first batch of customers are going to be extra thrilled by the grisly history. Are you not entertained?

/ I'mma sticking with the choo-choo train made of barrels towed by an old guy driving a lawn tractor
 
2021-09-24 9:50:28 PM  

RatMaster999: How the fark does a 6yo get on this kind of ride anyway?

/poor kid


Obviously, assumptions all the way around. The ride designer made unreasonable assumptions about his and others' capabilities. The insurer made assumptions about the designer and operator. The operator made assumptions about the worker. The worker assumed the operator had evaluated him properly and that the apparatus had been designed correctly. The parents assumed everyone else had done their job. The kid assumed that the parents had assumed correctly.

Just one big long chain of dumb.

I have an idea. Don't rely on stupid people. And ASSUME that anyone who designs carnival rides is doing it for the money.

And certainly   POOR KID is the correct statement here because the kid is the only blameless one, but accepting all of the damage for everyone else's stupidity.
 
2021-09-24 9:58:43 PM  

Lsherm: Reminds me of a problem I had back in college from a fairly creative engineering professor. He asked how we would design a system to slow down a speeding car that went airborne after the brakes failed. More than half the class wasted a week designing a secondary brake system for the wheels. You got 25% for that because you made an assumption the car was coming back down to the road quickly. Literally any other solution - even if it involved a secondary brake system and something else - got more credit.


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2021-09-24 10:02:28 PM  

Sawdust and Mildew: What the hell even is this ride? Like one of those big drops but underground instead?


I went on this ride three years ago.  Once you get strapped in the lights turn off and you get a 2-3 minute little story about how somebody died in the mine and he still haunts it and this laser or hologram'd scary face comes out of the dark and goes "BOOOOOO!!!!".....or something like that.  Kinda scary I guess.

Then the floor opens up and you drop 110 feet in the dark.  It was really pretty scary and really messed up my sense of balance for a couple hours.
 
2021-09-24 10:11:31 PM  

Lsherm: Reminds me of a problem I had back in college from a fairly creative engineering professor. He asked how we would design a system to slow down a speeding car that went airborne after the brakes failed. More than half the class wasted a week designing a secondary brake system for the wheels. You got 25% for that because you made an assumption the car was coming back down to the road quickly. Literally any other solution - even if it involved a secondary brake system and something else - got more credit.


Knight industries had that covered.


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2021-09-24 10:14:29 PM  

Parthenogenetic: The only reason people pay good money for this kind of ride is the thrill.

The thrill exists because of the danger.

Be honest, when the ride re-opens, the first batch of customers are going to be extra thrilled by the grisly history. Are you not entertained?

/ I'mma sticking with the choo-choo train made of barrels towed by an old guy driving a lawn tractor


I'm sure some people like the actual risk in thrill rides.

I'm not one of them. I want zero actual risk. Acceleration, float time, height, etc are all thrilling despite the knowledge they are safe as hell.

My cousin, otoh, always tried to sit in convoluted ways to get minimal harness/belt security.
 
2021-09-24 10:17:32 PM  

shamen123: Lsherm: Reminds me of a problem I had back in college from a fairly creative engineering professor. He asked how we would design a system to slow down a speeding car that went airborne after the brakes failed. More than half the class wasted a week designing a secondary brake system for the wheels. You got 25% for that because you made an assumption the car was coming back down to the road quickly. Literally any other solution - even if it involved a secondary brake system and something else - got more credit.

Knight industries had that covered.


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Nascar finally got it, too.
 
2021-09-24 10:18:23 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: Sawdust and Mildew: What the hell even is this ride? Like one of those big drops but underground instead?

I went on this ride three years ago.  Once you get strapped in the lights turn off and you get a 2-3 minute little story about how somebody died in the mine and he still haunts it and this laser or hologram'd scary face comes out of the dark and goes "BOOOOOO!!!!".....or something like that.  Kinda scary I guess.

Then the floor opens up and you drop 110 feet in the dark.  It was really pretty scary and really messed up my sense of balance for a couple hours.


I miss the demon drop.
 
2021-09-24 10:20:40 PM  

shamen123: Knight industries had that covered.


Nascar finally got it, too

Sorry shamen123, link didn't go through the first time.
 
2021-09-24 11:43:13 PM  
Something similar almost happened to me when I was like 8 on Space Mountain at Disney World. Thankfully my mom was able to hold me down with her arms and legs. Will never ride it again.
 
2021-09-25 12:38:30 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: Sawdust and Mildew: What the hell even is this ride? Like one of those big drops but underground instead?

I went on this ride three years ago.  Once you get strapped in the lights turn off and you get a 2-3 minute little story about how somebody died in the mine and he still haunts it and this laser or hologram'd scary face comes out of the dark and goes "BOOOOOO!!!!".....or something like that.  Kinda scary I guess.

Then the floor opens up and you drop 110 feet in the dark.  It was really pretty scary and really messed up my sense of balance for a couple hours.


I know what to do! Lets take a 6 yr old on this ride! Said the moron.....
 
2021-09-25 1:03:12 AM  

Marksrevenge: theknuckler_33: I know it makes me an old fart (I already knew that), but I'm kinda glad I don't feel a need to go on thrill rides anymore.

Give it another whack, assuming your ticker/health and waistline let you get on board. Keeps you young. Other than your own built-in timebombs there isn't much to fear. And the parks have emergency crews ready to go if you overdo it.


I've got other ways of staying young (and alive) thank you very much. Had my own personal scare as a teen in one of those Ferris wheel looking things but have the pods that spin around as well. Felt like I was coming out of my restraint at the top and upside down. Thankfully I survived. Last time I went to a theme park was Disneyland like 15 years ago. First ride was the Tower of Terror with my youngest daughter. I think it cured her of adventure also 😂
 
2021-09-25 3:08:11 AM  

vsavatar: Something similar almost happened to me when I was like 8 on Space Mountain at Disney World. Thankfully my mom was able to hold me down with her arms and legs. Will never ride it again.


Yeah, well my Dad's hat flew off at the end of that ride, so there!

He mentioned it to the employees, left a description, name and address. They wanted it, he just wanted to let them know in case they wanted to check the ride, make sure it wasn't crammed somewhere it shouldn't be... like in gears.

Few weeks later, he got a package in the mail. They found his hat and mailed it back.
 
2021-09-25 5:50:51 AM  
Don't rides like that have a "you must be this tall to ride"? I guess I'm thinking of real theme parks.
 
2021-09-25 6:21:29 AM  

Marksrevenge: theknuckler_33: I know it makes me an old fart (I already knew that), but I'm kinda glad I don't feel a need to go on thrill rides anymore.

Give it another whack, assuming your ticker/health and waistline let you get on board. Keeps you young. Other than your own built-in timebombs there isn't much to fear. And the parks have emergency crews ready to go if you overdo it.


Internal vein tear (from the G force) and internal bleed out. More common than you'd think
 
2021-09-25 6:41:38 AM  

Smackledorfer: The Googles Do Nothing: Sawdust and Mildew: What the hell even is this ride? Like one of those big drops but underground instead?

I went on this ride three years ago.  Once you get strapped in the lights turn off and you get a 2-3 minute little story about how somebody died in the mine and he still haunts it and this laser or hologram'd scary face comes out of the dark and goes "BOOOOOO!!!!".....or something like that.  Kinda scary I guess.

Then the floor opens up and you drop 110 feet in the dark.  It was really pretty scary and really messed up my sense of balance for a couple hours.

I miss the demon drop.


This was much scarier than the Demon Drop because it was pitch dark.
 
2021-09-25 6:44:27 AM  

powhound: Marksrevenge: theknuckler_33: I know it makes me an old fart (I already knew that), but I'm kinda glad I don't feel a need to go on thrill rides anymore.

Give it another whack, assuming your ticker/health and waistline let you get on board. Keeps you young. Other than your own built-in timebombs there isn't much to fear. And the parks have emergency crews ready to go if you overdo it.

I've got other ways of staying young (and alive) thank you very much. Had my own personal scare as a teen in one of those Ferris wheel looking things but have the pods that spin around as well. Felt like I was coming out of my restraint at the top and upside down. Thankfully I survived. Last time I went to a theme park was Disneyland like 15 years ago. First ride was the Tower of Terror with my youngest daughter. I think it cured her of adventure also 😂


Same thing happened to me when I was 10.  That ride was called The Zipper.  My sister and I got on it and I don't remember being able to find the belt.  The carny just closed the door and the ride started up and we were tossed around inside the cage.  It beat the hell out of us.
 
2021-09-25 8:54:30 AM  
The parents share a burden of fault here.  Were they on the ride with the girl?  If not, why not?  If they were, why did they not check that she was properly belted in?  A sane and reasonable person would NOT place all guilt on the operator.  I know...sanity and reason has no place here.  The world is in a sad state.
 
2021-09-25 9:11:05 AM  
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2021-09-25 9:11:26 AM  

vdrog: The parents share a burden of fault here.  Were they on the ride with the girl?  If not, why not?  If they were, why did they not check that she was properly belted in?  A sane and reasonable person would NOT place all guilt on the operator.  I know...sanity and reason has no place here.  The world is in a sad state.


I'd place more blame on whoever trained the operator. The operator has to live with this for the rest of his or her life. I for one wouldn't go on any roller coaster that isn't Disney, Universal or Busch Gardens.

I worked at Busch in college and they train the shiat out of you. And I only worked at the flume ride, that's almost impossible to fall out of and if you do, you probably won't die. And again, real theme parks have height restrictions which I'm fairly sure the six year old wouldn't have met.
 
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