Looks like it broke at one of the joints that would be fastened with big ol' honkin nuts and bolts. In an effort to cut costs they probably bought replacements that weren't rated properly and, well, this.
There are a surprising number of accidents in other countries and small carnivals that don't really get the coverage like this one did. There are always posts on "Amusement Ride Accidents" page on Facebook (not encouraging anyone to subscribe, or promoting -- they also sometimes have some pretty graphic stuff in there that nobody should have to see) from other countries and it always astounds me how many of these "knock off" rides exist and clearly aren't up to US standards. Unfortunately they are generally malfunctions and not user error, but it always amazes me how many end up on video and how often they happen around the world... relatively speaking. I'm not saying Amusement rides are unsafe by any means, but some places, I just wouldn't take the risk just looking at the rides. I feel very safe at parks here in the US and I know safety is taken very seriously. Sometimes when people say that seatbelts aren't needed because restraints are redundant as is, I don't mind taking the extra time and slower dispatches when I know they are just trying to be as safe as possible.
I'm not saying other places don't take safety seriously, too... I just haven't been to any countries outside Canada/US so I can't talk first hand about operations or procedures anywhere else like I can about the hundreds of coasters and rides I've been on and always felt safe on.
Yes, but not typically due to gross structural failure such as this, and not typically to such disastrous results. In fact, the only recent even similar incident that comes to mind was the one at the Ohio State Fair, but that was a traveling carnival, not a permanent amusement park such as this.
In fact, let's go. Here are all of the deaths or injuries incurred at US parks due to negligent maintenance or random structural failure (source: Wikipedia): -1930, Krug Park, 4 deaths due to a loose bolt -1998, Disneyland, death due to improper replacement of a rope -1999, Gillian's Wonder Pier, 2 deaths due to faulty brakes -2001, SFDK, minor injury due to improper replacement of a pneumatic valve -2003, Disneyland, death due to a derailment due to improper maintenance. -2007, Kentucky Kingdom, injury due to faulty cable -2010, Trimper's Rides, 3 injuries due to a failed cable -2011, Morey's Piers, 5 minor injuries due to a broken mast on a swinging ship -2011, Storybook Land, 3 injuries due to structural failure
Should I even try to list all of the similar deaths or injuries at traveling carnivals or third-world parks?
-Mike Total Coasters: 134 Top 10 Steel: Maverick, Skyrush, Intimidator 305, Banshee, Millennium Force, Raptor, Superman: The Ride (SFNE), Top Thrill Dragster, Big Bad Wolf, Volcano Top 10 Wood: The Beast, El Toro, Phoenix (Knoebels), Boulder Dash, Thunderbolt (KW), Mystic Timbers, Comet (Hershey), Hercules, Shivering Timbers, Jack Rabbit (KW) Top 5 Hybrid: Twisted Timbers, Goliath (SFGAm), Wicked Cyclone, Great White, Gemini
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