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Still nothing about criminal charges. You can't tell me the park is a-ok as long as it doesn't happen again, that makes no sense. I'm assuming there will be more to this story.

 

DSPS does not have the power to assess fines, but can only order compliance

 

These are the only people we've heard from so far. I guess fines and possible charges will come later.

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I WAS planning on visiting the Dells for the first time this summer, but now I think I'll just stay at Six Flags Great America.

Seriously, though, the fact that it was the park's fault is really scary. Whoever is on maintenance management should be fired. Heck, the WHOLE PARK probably needs new management! At least Mt. Olympus has the sense to take Opa out.

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I guess it is now officially confirmed and it seems more tidbits have been added. The fact that the park trained, but didn't sign off the operators is against state law. Also, if these operators would've done a morning inspection, they likely would've caught that the lapbars weren't locking.

Next, does Mount Olympus have its own public relations department? If they do, why in the world did they hire an external company to handle this? I know this is a common practice for large companies such as Cocoa Cola etc, but just about every park I know of has their own department and has had to do crisis management on much worse circumstances. If they do have one and they need to hire an outside company to do it, especially for the size of their resort including a club, a countless number of hotels, a water park and "theme" park, that is kind of poor. Then again, they probably have no experience on how to react to a situation like this.

When it is not just one lapbar, but four, that just makes it worse and shows that there is a lack of attention to safety.

The park must obviously be embarrassed by this now that they have said that they plan on removing Opa. I'm sure that they could easily replace the lapbars and re-open it, but it seems like they are going a different route.

 

Along with going over the weight limit for the cars, with all these points I really don't see how the park would be able to avoid being charged by this. Good to hear the man has come out of his coma and I hope he recovers to the best of his abilities.

 

This resort company seems so sleazy and it sounds like my comparison about the owner being like a cheap car salesman is possible.

 

EDIT: Looking at the park's Facebook page reviews section is pretty interesting. Many 1-star reviews, a few 2 and 3-stars, and just about no 5-star reviews.

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Good to hear the man has come out of his coma and I hope he recovers to the best of his abilities.

 

Where did you read that? The article which was posted Tuesday states:

Theisen remains at UW Hospital in a coma and on a respirator, according to the family’s attorney Todd Korb of the Milwaukee Law Firm of Hupy and Abraham.

 

I'm no doctor (no real doctor anyway) but I'd say given his age and how long he's been in a coma, his chances are "not great". At best he faces months, possibly years of painful recovery. It's not like the movies where you just wake up and suddenly you're back to normal.

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Sorry about that, I really should've posted the article first.

http://www.wkow.com/story/25132689/2014/04/01/mt-olympus-cited-with-4-code-violations-in-roller-coaster-accident

UPDATE: LAKE DELTON (WKOW)—Mount Olympus, a Lake Delton resort, is getting rid of the roller coaster a man fell from last month. This comes after state inspectors issued four code violations against Mount Olympus.

 

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and professional services conducted an investigation in to the Mount Olympus Opa! roller coaster, after a man fell from the ride on March 6. The state report says the park didn't follow all manufacturer-recommended maintenance on the roller coaster and that a lap bar malfunction is to blame for the accident in which a 63-year-old man was thrown and fell 15 feet.

 

The report states, "Our investigation determined that components of the lap bar system were defective and/or worn, which resulted in the lap bar malfunction."

 

State inspectors used dummies and weights to recreate the accident.

 

"It should be noted that the weight restriction for passengers is a total of 660 lbs,” the report states. “The estimated weight of passengers at the time of the incident was a total of 720 lbs."

 

The victim, 63-year-old Anthony Theisen, sustained a fractured skull and brain injury in addition to fractured vertebrae and other bones, according to his attorney, Todd Korb.

 

"He came out of a coma yesterday,” Korb said. “He still has respiratory issues and we don't' know the full extent of his brain injury but at least he is showing some good signs."

 

Shortly after the report's release, Mount Olympus issued a statement saying in part:

 

“The important fact is the ride is permanently closed and will be removed from the park. No fines have been issued…However, other findings regarding weight limitations, bulletins and the inspection of lap bars are inconsistent with what our internal investigators found.”

 

State inspectors did issue four code violations to Mount Olympus for the maintenance failures, those would need to be corrected if the ride were to reopen.

 

"They should have been doing the things to maintain the ride,” Korb said. “This is not just one part that was malfunctioning...four of the 12 bars were failing."

 

Korb did say he believes Theisen and his family will be pleased to hear the ride is closed for good. Korb says it's too soon to determine if they will file a civil suit. He says first they need to know the extent of Theisen's injuries and his prognosis and that could take months.

 

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WISCONSIN DELLS (WKOW) --- The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has issued 4 code violations against Mt Olympus Theme Park after a roller coaster accident in March sent a man to the hospital.

 

A copy of the report filed by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services(DSPS) was provided to 27 News. It shows Mt. Olympus was not following all manufacturer-recommended maintenance on the ride and the group on the coaster at the time of the accident exceeded the ride's weight limit.

 

Police reports show Anthony Theisen fell more than 15 feet from the Opa Roller Coaster on March 6, injuring his head. Theisen's attorney told 27 News Tuesday his client is now out of a coma, but is still hospitalized.

 

State investigators found the theme park did complete daily inspections of the Opa Roller Coaster, but was unaware of a bulletin issued by the manufacturer in October 2010 requiring additional daily maintenance for the ride's lap bars. That service bulletin recommended daily, careful checking of all individual bars to see if they close correctly. DSPS ordered Mt. Olympus to implement that maintenance.

 

Another code violation found that the lap bar malfunction was caused by defective or worn parts and that Mt Olympus must replace those part.

 

Weight capacity was another violation, with the report stating the total passenger weight limit is 660 pounds. At the time of Theisen's fall, the coaster was operating with a total of 720 pounds on the ride.

 

The last violation was no documentation of training for ride operators. DSPS found the operator had received training but there was documentation of the training recorded by the business.

 

The findings of the state investigators matched those of police investigators, with both noting the lap bar in the seat where Theisen was sitting had failed and would not lock into place. The DSPS report says, "the locking teeth and pawls were not locking properly and that the mechanisms and components appeared to have wear."

 

The report notes "total lap bar failure" on seats 1 and 4 of Car 6, which Theisen was in when he fell.

 

The park also has stopped posting on their Facebook page since the incident as well since the last post was made March 4th. Compared to Six Flags, which was public about their incident, I really don't think silence is the best choice in something like this.

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Very glad to hear he's out of the coma. Here's hoping he makes a full recovery. Four bad lap bars... christ.

 

I'm certainly not making excuses for Mt. O, but I do find the weight violation a little odd. How are the operators supposed to know if the cars are overweight? It's not like they have giant scales like on Flying Turns. I assume standard procedure would be if all the riders fit, they're good to go.

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I don't think they ever test their rides before opening. I'm 100% sure our first train on Hades360 ERT was the first train of that day we visited. For those who wish to go there, Little Amerricka is better.

 

Hope that man will wake up from his coma.

 

I was on the first public train of Hades 360 last May and they sent the train out twice before calling the employees for five rides before calling the public in.

Then I'm sure they used all of us in the tour to test their coaster.

 

Both Zamperla/Reverchon spinning mouse coasters on the Texas/Midwest tour last year are leaving their parks... Weird.

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Very glad to hear he's out of the coma. Here's hoping he makes a full recovery. Four bad lap bars... christ.

 

I'm certainly not making excuses for Mt. O, but I do find the weight violation a little odd. How are the operators supposed to know if the cars are overweight? It's not like they have giant scales like on Flying Turns. I assume standard procedure would be if all the riders fit, they're good to go.

 

 

I'm only shocked in that they only found 4 safety violations. By removing Opa, Mt. Olympus now only has 1-train operation on all their coasters.

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^^^The difference between two and three trains is drastically smaller than the difference between one and two, it would definitely not be worth it to heavily modify the ride to run three.

 

I don't think they ever test their rides before opening. I'm 100% sure our first train on Hades360 ERT was the first train of that day we visited. For those who wish to go there, Little Amerricka is better.

 

Hope that man will wake up from his coma.

 

 

Bay Beach is better than Mt. Olympus. At least they know wooden coasters can run 2 trains on purpose. I hope that man sues the park and I hope Mt. Olympus realizes the error of their ways.

 

Um, the guy could be dead by now for all we know. The place doesn't need to be sued, it needs to be shut down.

 

 

They don't need to be shut down, They need to be sold to a management that knows how to operate parks. Merlin or Palace would work wonders.

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The park also has stopped posting on their Facebook page since the incident as well since the last post was made March 4th. Compared to Six Flags, which was public about their incident, I really don't think silence is the best choice in something like this.

 

Agreed! Not addressing the situation only makes the situation worse in the general public in regards to aggravation, rumors getting out of hand, etc., Are we really surprised though? It isn't like I would call this park the most "professional" in the world.

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^^^The difference between two and three trains is drastically smaller than the difference between one and two, it would definitely not be worth it to heavily modify the ride to run three.

 

I don't think they ever test their rides before opening. I'm 100% sure our first train on Hades360 ERT was the first train of that day we visited. For those who wish to go there, Little Amerricka is better.

 

Hope that man will wake up from his coma.

 

 

Bay Beach is better than Mt. Olympus. At least they know wooden coasters can run 2 trains on purpose. I hope that man sues the park and I hope Mt. Olympus realizes the error of their ways.

 

Um, the guy could be dead by now for all we know. The place doesn't need to be sued, it needs to be shut down.

 

 

They don't need to be shut down, They need to be sold to a management that knows how to operate parks. Merlin or Palace would work wonders.

 

That would be the more desirable option. I'm one of the ones who thinks Hades' layout has more potential than most other wooden coasters in existence.

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^I think we all agree it has some potential, right? I mean, imagine it being super smooth with RMC topper track: I think it would be really cool with all those speedy underground sections.

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^F*ck topper track. I'm sick of hearing about how every old/rough wooden coaster would be so much better with topper track. Some people actually like their wooden coasters a little rough around the edges, thanks.

 

Not that I'm saying it should stay how it is. All it needs is extensive retracking and regular maintenance.

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^And some people like to actually enjoy a ride without it ripping their spleen apart.

 

"Extensive Retracking and Regular Maintenance" is something this park can never do, and most parks can't afford. So you're pretty much out of luck if you want more parks to build big wooden coasters that don't turn to crap.

 

Topper track will save rides and keep some options open. Learn to like it or move along.

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My vote is just to burn Hades 360 to the ground.

 

A friend of mine recently asked me about the Opa accident. I guess she saw it some news feed. She's seemed to be worried but I explained to her that Mt. Olympus doesn't follow a lot of the rules as other parks. I mean they screwed in loose bolts on Hades train seconds before they were about to dispatch us. I would not be surprised if eventually the waterpark is only left standing. Along with tons of dirty hotels.

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My vote is just to burn Hades 360 to the ground.

 

A friend of mine recently asked me about the Opa accident. I guess she saw it some news feed. She's seemed to be worried but I explained to her that Mt. Olympus doesn't follow a lot of the rules as other parks. I mean they screwed in loose bolts on Hades train seconds before they were about to dispatch us. I would not be surprised if eventually the waterpark is only left standing. Along with tons of dirty hotels.

The was surprising to see that when it happened! Basically the attendant went up the left side of the train checking the lapbars and when she got to around the middle of the train, she tugged on it and it came all the way open. Next a maintenance guy came over, tightened a bolt of the side of the car and the lapbar tightened up again. I swear we were the first train of the day considering that is also something that would've been caught in the morning test-runs if they had any.

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While everyone is complaining about how badly the park is managed, the quality of the coasters, and who the finger should be pointed at, am I the only one who's curious as to what will Opa be replaced with? I could easily see a Vekoma roller skater in that space. And as for everyone who is complaining about the lack of safety at the park, you do realize that it's in a state where people wear cheese on their heads to watch football.

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