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Unless she was like the chick from the NTaG accident that claimed to see everything and then described an impossible sequence of events (thus proving she didn't see anything and was just attention whoring).

 

BOOM!

 

People will say anything for 15 minutes of fame. People will also overanalyze an event if they were somewhere in the vicinity of it, just so they can have some significant "involvement" in their minds. Are we sure that this bystander is over-exaggerating? Not really. But recent trends of society do not let me believe that her account is entirely accurate unless there are several other accounts describing the exact same events. In the case of this event, all I will accept as the most likely sequence of events is the most recent investigation report.

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Just an update from a Minneapolis paper. http://www.startribune.com/local/252915261.html

 

LAKE DELTON, Wis. — A police report cites a faulty safety bar on a roller coaster in an accident that left a rider with severe injuries in a fall at a Wisconsin Dells area indoor resort.

 

An attorney for the family of 63-year-old Anthony Theisen says he remains in a coma at University Hospital in Madison with numerous fractures and a brain injury.

 

Lake Delton police say Theisen fell nearly 17 feet from the roller coaster to the concrete floor at Mt. Olympus Theme Park on March 6. Theisen's wife, Kay Theisen, was riding in the same coaster cart and told police her husband's lap bar unlocked when they went around a corner, throwing him into the air.

 

Officer Troy Spencer wrote in his police report that he checked the four lap bars in Theisen's cart several times and found three bars could not be pulled up. But, the fourth bar, where Thiesen was sitting, came unlocked.

 

"It appeared that the lap bar on Seat #1 locking mechanism was stripped. I checked the lap bars over three times to make sure Seat #1 was the only seat to come unlocked, which it was," Spencer wrote.

 

Police interviewed several witnesses at Mt. Olympus, including a maintenance worker who told investigators the ride was working properly during test runs that day.

 

Theisen's attorney, Todd Korb, said a safety test was done on the ride earlier this week. Sand bags to simulate Theisen's weight were placed in the seat he was using, Korb said, and when the cart reached the point on the track where Theisen was ejected, the lap bar opened.

 

Mt. Olympus said in a statement released by general manager Adam Makowski that the company has fully cooperated with Lake Delton Police and the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

 

It's the first time an accident of this type has occurred at the theme park, the statement said. The roller coaster will remain closed pending the results of an investigation.

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Officer Troy Spencer wrote in his police report that he checked the four lap bars in Theisen's cart several times and found three bars could not be pulled up. But, the fourth bar, where Thiesen was sitting, came unlocked.

 

"It appeared that the lap bar on Seat #1 locking mechanism was stripped. I checked the lap bars over three times to make sure Seat #1 was the only seat to come unlocked, which it was," Spencer wrote.

 

Theisen's attorney, Todd Korb, said a safety test was done on the ride earlier this week. Sand bags to simulate Theisen's weight were placed in the seat he was using, Korb said, and when the cart reached the point on the track where Theisen was ejected, the lap bar opened.

 

SMDH.

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The part about the locking mechanism being stripped was in one of the previous articles, this just comfirms everything I already suspected. The biggest new information is that the victim is in a coma. So he still might not survive.

 

Shut the f*cking place down.

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My thoughts are with the victim and the family, here's hoping for a full recovery.

 

It was only a matter of time before something happened at this park. Don't get me wrong, we managed to have a great time while we were there, but it was apparent that their safety efforts were lacking.

 

Hopefully that this man, and his family, will be appropriately compensated. Maybe we will see some safety improvements for this upcoming season.

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My thoughts are with the victim and the family, here's hoping for a full recovery.

 

It was only a matter of time before something happened at this park. Don't get me wrong, we managed to have a great time while we were there, but it was apparent that their safety efforts were lacking.

 

Hopefully that this man, and his family, will be appropriately compensated. Maybe we will see some safety improvements for this upcoming season.

 

 

I think Mt. Olympus needs to look up the definition of "Safety." Chances are if you ask them; They'll say "Is that when you buy a hotel?"

 

Mt. O is for people that think Six Flags Magic Mountain spends too much on Improvements and Maintenance.

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Also if that witness was telling the truth that she had to hold the bar down the entire ride, why didn't she say something when the ride was over? That's pretty gross negligence on her part.

I have a couple thoughts on this. First, I believe it wasn't stated outright that she didn't do so, and knowing Mt. Olympus, I could see such a complaint going unheeded. Second, it seems possible that she was afraid at the time, but dismissed it as potentially being a normal part of the ride experience. Restraints often have some give to them, which can seem unsafe, but I'm sure many people eventually realize this is normal. Maybe she only realized in hindsight that it was truly hazardous and potentially related to the incident. Then again, as others have said it could be pure lies.

 

I am glad we have a few more answers now. It's a bit unnerving to think that a lap bar can just fail outright, and not simply be defeated by a rider or restrain a rider improperly. But this does underline the importance of the maintenance that I'm sure most other parks do to make sure it doesn't happen.

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I don't know how many "chances" a park should get. If it were up to me, the first time somebody is seriously injured on one of your rides due to total negligence on the part of you or one of your employees, that's it, you're done, no more ride-operating for you. I mean, HELLO? The state's just gonna say "Here's some fines, see that it doesn't happen again"? Yeah right. This kind of thing really upsets me. Coasters are supposed to be safe.

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Theisen's attorney, Todd Korb, said a safety test was done on the ride earlier this week. Sand bags to simulate Theisen's weight were placed in the seat he was using, Korb said, and when the cart reached the point on the track where Theisen was ejected, the lap bar opened.

 

Obviously this is coming from Theisen's attorney, but if this is true then the place needs to be shut down until reasonable safety procedures are put in place. I almost feel like they need to have a third party handle day to day maintenance and safety checks since they're clearly incapable of handling it themselves.

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I'm not sure about the Mt Olympus mouse, but don't wild mouse coasters have a redundant seat belt type strap that backs up the lap bar in such a case as this?

 

It's basically a strap that is connected to the lap bar and it clips into/onto the ride vehicle itself after the car is loaded.

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Sounds similar to the "SCAD tower" accident down the street that almost killed a young girl. Wisconsin Dells is not on my "bucket list" of coaster destinations. (RMCs are on that list instead.)

 

Nothing special about the Dells except some good water parks. The only coasters I enjoy there now (since the huge decline of Hades) are HellCat and Cyclops. Both are smaller and rough but pretty fun with great airtime. Nothing worth traveling long distances for though.

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I'm not sure about the Mt Olympus mouse, but don't wild mouse coasters have a redundant seat belt type strap that backs up the lap bar in such a case as this?

 

It's basically a strap that is connected to the lap bar and it clips into/onto the ride vehicle itself after the car is loaded.

 

 

I've ridden a handful of these and haven't seen one that has that.

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So basically nobody checked the lap bars before the train/car even left the station???? If it was broke on the test run in the am, what time did this guy ride. Was he the next person in said car or did other guests use the car before he got in?

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^I'm thinking it's possible that the locking mechanism wasn't completely broken until enough people rode in it to loosen it the rest of the way. I bet the mechanics did a cursory inspection without looking at the mechanism at all, pulled up on each lap bar once, drank some coffee, and sent the car on its way.

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After hearing the report about this accident, you can bet that I am concern because I plan to travel to Wisconsin Dells this summer and Mt. Olympus is on my list of places to visit. And when I do visit Mt. Olympus, I might decide not to ride their spinning mouse coaster unless I'm convince otherwise that its safe. I hope the poor man wakes up from his coma.

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After hearing the report about this accident, you can bet that I am concern because I plan to travel to Wisconsin Dells this summer and Mt. Olympus is on my list of places to visit. And when I do visit Mt. Olympus, I might decide not to ride their spinning mouse coaster unless I'm convince otherwise that its safe. I hope the poor man wakes up from his coma.

 

I'd be pretty damn concerned about riding that "looping" wooden coaster of theirs. The Timberliners didn't feel overly secure to me last year, and the track has had an absolutely BRUTAL winter to suffer through.

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After hearing the report about this accident, you can bet that I am concern because I plan to travel to Wisconsin Dells this summer and Mt. Olympus is on my list of places to visit. And when I do visit Mt. Olympus, I might decide not to ride their spinning mouse coaster unless I'm convince otherwise that its safe. I hope the poor man wakes up from his coma.

 

It's obviously up to you but from someone who has been to the Dells dozens and dozens of times, I think you're better off just hanging around Six Flags Great America and the Chicago area unless you're stopping by there too. Downtown Dells has some nice shops along the strip but there's not a whole lot to do. If you're a water park person though, it's definitely worth a trip for Kalahari, Noah's Ark, and stuff. Timberfalls is also a decent little place with a nice log flume and wooden coaster.

 

I do pray that man will be alright though.

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^^I think Timberliners must be more secure than they look. I know this probably isn't what you were referring to, but to me it always looked like the lap bars don't fully surround the bodies of some people. But obviously I know they've been tested extensively like any other train and are just fine for anyone permitted to ride.

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^I always knew it was only a matter of time before this park had an accident with a coaster. We have been there only once, and while we had a great time, I don't foresee ever returning after this due to the nature of the accident. We live 15 minutes from SFGAm and have passes, so it's not like we are hurting for a park to go to.

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Their problems don't lie within the dry rides exclusively. Their lifeguards are undertrained, understaffed, and under equipped. I've been there several times and have noticed at least one thing every time that leaves me feeling uneasy. Specifically, I was at the Mat slide up on the hill in the old family land section waiting for a friend when an older gentleman came off a slide. The gentleman splashed into the pool and was unresponsive. The lifeguard was not even paying attention. The man's daughter was screaming at the lifeguard, so he stood up, climbed down the platform, took his shoes off, took his shirt off, then went in attempt to rescue the man. So not only was he not properly scanning his zone, but he had absolutely no sense of urgency.

 

If you want to visit the park, fine. But if you have kids, please, please keep a close eye on them, or just avoid the place altogether.

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