Japan’s ‘Super Death’ Acceleration Roller Coaster is Closed After Literally Breaking Riders’ Bones
Sep 14th, 2021
During summer, we all love roller coasters and amusement parks. The place is for everybody who loves to have fun, for children, adults, and families. Amusement parks market is advertising themselves as ‘places to escape and enjoy.’ Here, you can enjoy the thrills of roller coasters, twirling rides, and water park slides.
Millions of people visit amusement parks and ride roller coasters. To our knowledge, incidents, where someone gets hurt during these rides, are extremely rare and probably what others consider an isolated incident. However, each year, facts reveal that thousands are injured during such visits. Tragically, some never leave an amusement park or water park alive.
A roller coaster ride in Japan known for its “super death” acceleration to triple-digit speeds was reportedly shut down after riders suffered serious bone injuries.
The Do-Dodonpa opened at Fuji-Q Highland Park in 2001. The ride was modified in 2017 to make it even faster. The name is ‘onomatopoeia’ which refers to the sound of drums.
Drum sounds are also used around the ride to make it more exhilarating. The theme park made global headlines last year when it advised riders to “please scream inside your heart” instead of out loud to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
News agencies have already reported at least 6 cases of injuries, where 4 cases of fractures in their back or neck are linked to the “Do-Dodonpa” coaster. According to BBC, the four back and neck injury cases are “significant injuries.” This includes a “cervical fracture and a thoracic spine fracture.” Japan’s Mainichi newspaper confirmed that the said riders needed up to three months to recover from their injuries.
The theme park advertises this coaster as having the world’s fastest acceleration, hitting 112 mph in just 1.56 seconds!
The company called this the “super death” acceleration. Although there are no causes of injury have been identified yet, one woman claimed to Mainichi that back in December, she “might have been leaning forward during the ride.”
The theme park is now being questioned as to why they have never reported such incidents to the government. Fuji-Q Highland spokesperson Kimie Konishi explained, “We should have reported earlier. Now, we hope the injured people will recover as soon as possible.”
It is not a secret that accidents can happen at amusement parks. It can be from roller coasters accidents, riders being stuck on rides like the Ferris wheels, and swinging and spinning rides that malfunction. For sure you have heard all that in the news. But other than that, people can also be injured on water rides, water slides, in wave pools, and ‘lazy river’ rides, while using inflatable devices.
A study for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that in the six-year period, from 1997 – 2003, an estimated 2,800 to 4,300 non-occupational emergency-room-treated injuries were from mobile amusement rides. These rides are usually a part of a traveling carnival, rented for an event, or used at a mobile amusement park. But this rarely happens on fixed locations like Walt Disney World or Six Flags.
So before you go and bring your family to amusement parks, you have to remind everybody of serious injuries associated with these rides. And in worse cases, this can include deadly falls, carotid artery dissection, stroke, and even traumatic brain injury.