Thursday, 2 September 2021

Bad News For Speed Freaks,

the worlds fastest accelerating roller coaster has been closed, 

because it is too fast! photograph Geomr/Wikimedia Commons, located in the Fuji-Q Highland Park, in Fujiyoshida, Japan, the Do-Dodonpa roller coaster has been operating since 2001, it is famous for being able to accelerate from 0 to 180km (112 miles) per hour in just 1.56 seconds, which makes it the world’s fastest-accelerating roller coaster, Do-Dodonpa had such a clean record that in 2017 officials at Fuji-Q Highland Park decided to make the roller coaster ride even more exhilarating by increasing the maximum acceleration from 172km to 180km per hour, everything was fine until December of 2020, when the first reported injury occurred, six cases have been reported since, four of which involved broken back or necks, which only makes the string of injuries that much stranger, Naoya Miyasato, an architecture professor from Nihon University who studies roller coaster designs, recently told VICE News that bone injuries caused by roller coaster rides were unheard of until last December, because “roller coaster designs must all abide by government-approved standards”,

according to the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun, one of the injured riders admitted that she might have been leaning forward during the ride, from the article:

much like most high-speed roller coasters, “Do-Dodonpa” requires riders to lean back against their seat and wear over-the-shoulder restraints, keeping as little space as possible between their back and the backrest, according to Mainichi Shimbun, one of the riders who reported injury said she may have been sitting forward during the ride, statistics from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions show that the likelihood of being seriously injured on a roller coaster in a U.S. amusement park is about one in 15.5 million rides, now the bad news no technical issues were found upon initial investigation, but until the investigation is completed, the world’s fastest-accelerating roller coaster will remain closed, “If they detected no serious concerns with the actual ride, then it could be the way people were sitting. But if a person was sitting incorrectly, say with space between their backs and their seat, it’s the responsibility of the park employees to check their seating position,” Naoya Miyasato said,

 too fast for its own good by the look of it,! or suddenly are people not sitting properly?


jpo5626 said...

Stan-Alley says “no thank you” as she has only experienced one roller coaster ride at Disney World Orlando FL. This was in the child’s area and she was the only non young teen on the ride. The young children all laughed at her as she gripped the car for dear life and screaming in tear. She now avoids anything like this that is fast moving. She is happy to still be alive!
John & Alley

PattayaStan said...

Dear John & Alley, many years ago I had a similar experience, having gotten off of the wurlitzer I collapsed on the ground on all fours and threw up, much to the amusement of schoolfriends I had gone to the fair with! best regards, Stan and Diana.