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  • Video: World's Tallest And Most Terrifying Drop Ride Coming To NJ

    08/30/2013 11:19:03 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 29 replies
    Gothamist ^ | 29 August 2013 | Jen Carlson
    The Zumanjaro Drop Of Doom will bring the passenger up 415 feet before dropping them straight down at 80 MPH as a roller coaster loops around them. The roller coaster feature—the park's Kingda Ka will hurl toward riders on Zumanjaro at speeds up to 128 mph.
  • Six Flags: Woman killed while riding Texas Giant

    07/19/2013 6:08:52 PM PDT · by Halls · 81 replies
    wfaa.com ^ | 7/19/2013 | Halls
    ARLINGTON - Six Flags has confirmed an adult woman died while riding the Texas Giant Friday night. More details to come.
  • Some FUN Stuff: Best new theme park rides

    07/17/2013 12:59:21 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 3 replies
    Budget Travel via Foxnews.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | By Kaeli Conforti
    Whether you've always been a fan of the latest and greatest roller coasters or appreciate new spins on the familiar (like the chance to ride an old-fashioned wooden coaster backwards), we've rounded up this year's newest thrill rides, and there's something for everybody! Plus, we've included links to videos of the rides and important information about ticket prices and parking fees so you know exactly what you're getting into.
  • World’s Most Daring Wood Coaster

    Silver Dollar City’s Outlaw Run. World’s steepest drop on a wood coaster. More than 16 stories, 162-foot drop at 81 degrees, nearly vertical World’s only wood coaster to twist upside down…3 times!
  • Cedar Point's new GateKeeper roller coaster one wild and winged ride

    05/09/2013 7:55:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | updated May 09, 2013 at 9:36 PM | Susan Glaser,
    When the two-minute, 40-second flight is done, riders will have traveled 4,164 feet, at speeds of up to 67 mph and flipped over six times. It's the longest, fastest winged coaster in the world, with the most inversions and biggest drop. Early fliers were thrilled with the perspective. “It's an experience like a bird,” said Susan Shick, of Fairview Park, a Cleveland school teacher and secretary of the American Coaster Enthusiasts. “I just love it.” Engineers from Swiss firm Bolliger & Mabillard modeled some of the $30 million coaster's key features after stunt-pilot moves, including an Immelmann roll – an...
  • The North Korean Roller Coaster Rider Mystery Is Solved

    08/02/2012 3:40:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Atlantic ^ | 8/1/12 | Eric Randall
    The North Korean Roller Coaster Rider Mystery Is Solved North Korean State Media Eric Randall Aug 1, 2012 When North Korean state media released this delightful photo of newly(ish?)-wed Kim Jong Un on a roller coaster ride, discerning viewers wondered at the identity of the white guy grinning a few rows ahead of him, and at long last Mother Jones magazine has sussed it out: He is Barnaby Jones, a minor Herman Melville character, a minor '70s television detective, a British diplomat at the embassy in Pyongyang. Though Barnaby Jones didn't give Mother Jones (no relation) an interview, the Embassy...
  • Alpine Coaster with no brakes

    04/09/2012 7:29:58 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 32 replies
    Jaw dropping, high-speed, brakeless journey down the mountain. Austrian downhill coaster is nevertheless terrifying.” The coaster located Mieders, Austria, starts at the top of a mountain, reachable by a cable car.
  • Like roller coasters? Check out Austria's Sommerrodelbahn in Mieders.

    11/09/2011 3:11:23 PM PST · by Doogle · 20 replies
    YT ^ | 06/09 | YT
    If you like roller coasters, this little gem in Austria looks like a great place to bring the family....
  • Army amputee ejected from roller coaster, dies

    07/09/2011 10:38:50 PM PDT · by Immerito · 37 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 9, 2011 | NBC News
    A U.S. Army veteran who lost his legs while deployed in Iraq died after he was thrown from a 200-foot-tall roller coaster at an upstate theme park on Friday. James Thomas Hackemer, 29, was ejected from the Ride of Steel roller coaster at the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, located between Buffalo and Rochester, at about 5:30 p.m., the Genesee County sheriff's office said. The park confirmed a guest "came out of the Ride of Steel roller coaster" and said it was "saddened to report that the guest has passed." Hackemer, of Gowanda, lost his right leg below his knee...
  • Naked rollercoaster record smashed

    08/11/2010 1:07:07 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Courier Mail (AU) ^ | August 09, 2010 | Staff Writers
    MORE than 100 thrill-seekers have ridden a rollercoaster naked, smashing the world record. The 102 naked adrenaline junkies rode into the record books on the Green Scream Rollercoaster at Southend-on-Sea, England. The attempt broke the previous record by 70 riders and raised $38,000 for Southend Hospital’s cancer research foundation’s Bosom Pals Appeal. Bosom Pals fundraiser manager Barbara Warner praised everyone for baring all for the charity. "It takes a lot of nerve to take off all your clothes in front of 102 complete strangers, plus the world's media - so we would like to say a massive thank you,” she...
  • California Roller Coaster Failure Traps 24 People; All Safely Rescued - Video 8/10/09

    08/10/2009 8:06:17 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 2 replies · 444+ views
    Associated Press via Freedom's Lighthouse Blog ^ | August 10, 2009 | Associated Press
    <p>Rescue crews have removed the last person stranded on a roller coaster ride at the Great America Theme Park in Santa Clara.</p> <p>San Jose fire Capt. Scott Kouns says the last of 24 people stranded on the park's Invertigo Roller Coaster were removed Monday evening.</p> <p>No injuries were reported.</p>
  • Top Thrill Dragster Rollercoaster - Not for the weak hearted (Vanity)

    06/11/2009 7:43:24 AM PDT · by Scythian · 18 replies · 881+ views
    From Cedar Point Ohio I bring you the Top Thrill Dragster Ride
  • Boy decapitated by roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia [Darwin Candidate]

    06/29/2008 6:41:08 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 58 replies · 2,462+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | June 28, 2008 | RHONDA COOK and MARCUS GARNER
    "Batman the Ride" at Six Flags Over Georgia. It was the second Batman ride-related death at the Cobb County park. According to the police and a statement from the amusement park, the boy and a friend climbed over two 6-foot fences -- the park perimeter fence and a second one surrounding the ride -- to get to the roller coaster. Park officials said there were numerous signs warning would-be intruders of the danger. The victim was decapitated when the ride struck him, police said. The youth was not identified. "The areas where the individuals entered were clearly marked with signs...
  • Boy decapitated by roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia

    A 17-year-old South Carolina boy on an church outing was killed Saturday when he was struck by the popular "Batman the Ride" at Six Flags Over Georgia. It was the second Batman ride-related death at the Cobb County park.
  • Man dies after riding Disney coaster

    12/19/2007 11:37:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 74+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/19/07 | Travis Reed - ap
    ORLANDO, Fla. - A 44-year-old man died after being pulled unresponsive from a Walt Disney World roller coaster Tuesday. Jeffery Reed, of Navarre, Fla., showed no visible signs of trauma, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. Inspectors found the ride, Animal Kingdom's Expedition Everest, was working properly, but Disney kept it closed pending further review. Deputies said Reed appeared to be conscious 50 seconds before the ride ended, because his photograph was taken then. He was administered CPR by Reedy Creek Emergency Services and pronounced dead at Celebration Hospital. "We offer the family our deepest sympathies and will provide assistance...
  • Boy Wins $10,000 for Toy Roller Coaster

    12/07/2007 7:28:33 AM PST · by rawhide · 6 replies · 130+ views
    ajc.com ^ | VERENA DOBNIK
    NEW YORK — Ian Culhane won $10,000 for designing a 7-foot-tall toy roller coaster. Not bad for a 10-year-old. "It's money for college," the aspiring engineer from Olympia, Wash., said Thursday about the savings bond. Ian's creation was on display at the Toys "R" Us store in Times Square, where he accepted the prize from the president of K'NEX Brands, a building toy company in Hatfield, Pa. The boy, who first started playing with building sets when he was 4, was one of thousands of children ages 6 to 12 who entered the annual contest. Ian began the project last...
  • Tony Hawk’s Big Spin whirls its way to Six Flags Over Texas

    09/26/2007 10:50:13 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 6 replies · 120+ views
    thrillnetwork ^ | Sep. 25th, 2007
    Sep. 25th, 2007 -- Attention all thrill seekers, extreme sports enthusiasts and coaster aficionados -- Six Flags Over Texas, The Entertainment Capital of Texas, is proud to announce plans to welcome another addition to its already amazing roster of thrills – Tony Hawk’s Big Spin! Tony Hawk’s Big Spin, making its debut on opening day of Six Flags Over Texas’ 47th season, will give riders the sensation of freestyle skateboarding as they sit facing one another in 4-person cars all decked out in skateboard motif! Riders will grab some serious airtime as they twist and turn in 360° rotations while...
  • Family's weekend home sits next to new wooden roller coaster

    09/06/2007 10:21:45 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies · 1,083+ views
    KLTV/AP ^ | September 3, 2007
    HOUSTON (AP) - The new next-door neighbor isn't getting a big welcome from the Killion family in the Houston suburb of Kemah. It's a 96-foot-tall, wooden roller coaster called the Boardwalk Bullet. It opened for business during the weekend -- just a few dozen feet from the Killion's weekend, ocean-facing cottage. For 12 hours a day, the family listens to the coaster's squeaks and rattles as the screams of 800 passengers an hour roll by at 50 miles per hour. The compact roller coaster was built in a one-acre area because Carol and Coy Killion refused to sell their house...
  • Dollywood adds new raft ride (the River Battle)

    07/30/2007 9:21:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 302+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/30/07 | AP
    PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. - Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park will be adding a new $5 million raft ride equipped with water guns to soak targets, other riders and bystanders. Scheduled to open in 2008, the River Battle sends eight passengers on rafts down a 500-foot channel lined with more than 100 targets. The targets include large-scale talking animals such as beavers, skunks, otters and bears, some of which shoot water back at the riders. Riders can also aim at other passengers on their raft or park guests along the edge of the ride. The Great Smoky Mountains venue will also...
  • New York City roller coaster turning 80

    07/06/2007 10:26:13 AM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies · 467+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 06.25.07 | LARRY McSHANE
    On a tranquil Coney Island morning, fragrant with salt water and last night's cotton candy, the silence is interrupted by the rapid-fire bursts of twin hammers beating against steel track. Tucked 85 feet below, beneath the twists and turns of the Cyclone roller coaster, Gerry Menditto listens to the pounding with the intensity of a violin virtuoso tuning strings on a Stradivarius. "That hammer," he says evenly. "That will tell you what's happening." As he has for 33 years, the white-haired Menditto is ensuring the venerable wood-and-steel coaster is running like a world-class sprinter before opening the attraction to hordes...
  • Six Flags closes more rides after Roller Coaster accident.

    06/25/2007 12:06:35 PM PDT · by John Cena · 105 replies · 25,892+ views
    (CBS/AP) Six Flags and another company shut down eight more thrill rides Friday around the country, including a ride at a North Carolina amusement park, after a teenage girl had her feet chopped off at the ankle on a Superman Tower of Power. State inspectors, meanwhile, returned to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, where the accident happened, to examine the ride, which lifts passengers 177 feet straight up, then drops them nearly the same distance at speeds reaching 54 mph. It was unclear at what point during the ride the 13-year-old was injured Thursday, said Wendy Goldberg, a Six Flags spokeswoman....
  • Roller coaster riders ride left hanging after power outage

    06/11/2007 9:15:04 AM PDT · by John Cena · 16 replies · 959+ views
    (AP) A dozen riders on an Arkansas roller coaster spent half an hour hanging upside down — 150 feet above the ground — after a power outage shut down the attraction. It took about 30 minutes for the city Fire Department to rescue the riders using a ladder truck Saturday evening, said Aundrea Crary, spokeswoman for the Springs & Crystal Falls amusement park. Spectators cheered when the riders were brought to the ground from the highest point of a loop on the X-Coaster, but one passenger threw up after reaching safety. The X-Coaster was one of several rides brought to...
  • 20 Hurt in Ohio Roller Coaster Mishap

    07/09/2006 7:32:17 PM PDT · by RushingWater · 42 replies · 1,725+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 09 8:10 PM US/Eastern
    A malfunction on an amusement park ride Sunday sent at least 20 people to hospitals, most with minor chest and neck injuries, a sheriff's office dispatcher said. The accident happened on the Son of Beast roller coaster at Paramount's Kings Island just northeast of Cincinnati. WCPO-TV reported that witnesses saw the roller coaster come to an abrupt stop. Riders complained of discomfort after the coaster completed a circuit and pulled back into the boarding area, said Maureen Kaiser, a spokeswoman for the park. The park's emergency staff tended to the riders and notified authorities, Kaiser said. Park officials shut down...
  • Boy, 12, with no apparent medical problems dies on Disney's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

    06/30/2006 7:01:23 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 39 replies · 1,038+ views
    Sun Sentinel - Bird cage liner supreme! ^ | June 30 2006, 9:02 AM EDT | Scott Powers
    A boy from Kentucky riding Walt Disney World's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster slumped over during the ride and later died though his Army Green Beret father attempted to resuscitate him. There was no indication Thursday why Michael Russell, 12, of Fort Campbell, Ky., lost consciousness on the popular indoor roller coaster at Disney-MGM Studios or why he died. The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death, and the Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy today. Michael's parents, Byron and Charlotte Russell, and brother Houston, 7, were being assisted Thursday by a Disney official.
  • Ft. Campbell boy dies after riding Disney World roller coaster (Father member of 5th Spec'l Forces)

    06/30/2006 12:47:57 AM PDT · by bd476 · 53 replies · 5,922+ views
    WKRN Nashville and Associated Press ^ | June 29, 2006 | Travis Reed and Kelli Kennedy
    WKRN Nashville June 29, 2006, 11:30 pm (AP) Ft. Campbell boy dies after riding Disney World roller coaster By TRAVIS REED Associated Press Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. A 12-year-old Kentucky boy died after riding a roller coaster Thursday at the Disney-MGM theme park, the latest in a string of tragedies that have stung Walt Disney World in recent years. Michael Russell of Fort Campbell had ridden the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster with his parents and 7-year-old brother. When the minute-long ride was finished, the father noticed his son was limp. Byron Russell pulled Michael off the ride and started...
  • Colo. family sues in Disneyland accident

    01/10/2006 11:04:34 AM PST · by JZelle · 9 replies · 730+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-9-06 | UPI
    A Telluride, Colo., family sued Walt Disney World Co. for injuries suffered in a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad collision at Disneyland, a report said. The Orange County, Calif., suit brought last week claims Gerald Cope suffered a major back injury requiring surgery and incapacitating him for months. It also claims the injury forced Cope to sell his jewelry business.
  • Roller Coasters Can Tax the Heart

    11/16/2005 12:46:34 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 21 replies · 556+ views
    HealthCentral ^ | 11/15/2005 | Amanda Gardner
    TUESDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- A wild roller coaster ride can trigger an irregular heartbeat among those with cardiac conditions, and could lead to death. That's what German scientists reported Tuesday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Dallas. Their presentation coincided with the release of an autopsy report from the Orange County, Fla., medical examiner's office on 4-year-old Daudi Bamuwamye, who died in June after riding "Mission Space," a rocket ship ride at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center. The autopsy revealed the boy had an underlying heart condition that affected his heart's left ventricle, CNN reported. The...
  • CA: Two years of roller-coaster politics, full of twists and turns

    10/07/2005 9:09:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 435+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 10/7/05 | Dan Walters
    It was exactly two years ago today that Californians took a giant leap of faith and hope by throwing out the governor whom they had re-elected just a year earlier and giving the job to a famous actor without any outward credentials other than his promises to make Sacramento work. ... --snip-- Although Schwarzenegger's popularity has not - at least not yet - plummeted to the abysmal levels that drove Davis out of office, it's just half of where it was a year ago, ... The best the governor could hope to achieve now on Nov. 8 is a mixed...
  • Woman gets pregnant after 'acrobatic joyride' (She claims that rollercoaster got her pregnant)

    09/13/2005 10:40:13 AM PDT · by Cowman · 255 replies · 5,525+ views
    News.com.au ^ | September 12, 2005 | The Australlian
    Woman gets pregnant after 'acrobatic joyride' From: From correspondents in Hassloch, Germany September 12, 2005 FERTILITY scientists will be pricking up their ears at the news that a woman who had been barren for several years has conceived thanks to a ride on a particularly fierce rollercoaster. Nayade Elbing, 28, and her husband Arnold had been trying to have children for several years and had consulted doctors in the hope of scientific help in their quest. But according to their doctor, Thomas Gent, it was G-force, rather than hitting the G-spot, that made the difference. After making love at home,...
  • Roller Coaster Cars Collide at Disneyland

    07/29/2005 11:30:41 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 19 replies · 1,024+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 30, 2005 | AP/Fox News
    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Two cars on a roller coaster at Disney's California Adventure theme park collided Friday evening, slightly injuring at least 14 people, authorities said. The mishap on the "California Screamin"' ride sent a fleet of ambulances to the park adjacent to Disneyland, but none of the injuries was believed to be serious. "It did not appear to happen at a high rate of speed. Absolutely all of these injuries are minor at this point," Anaheim city spokesman John Nicoletti told KCAL-TV. Disneyland Resort spokesman Bob Tucker declined to comment, referring calls to city officials. It was the second...
  • Man Sues Over Daughter's Roller Coaster Death (Stupid Alert!)

    05/04/2005 1:57:52 PM PDT · by Abathar · 69 replies · 2,011+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | May 4, 2005 | A.P.
    SANTA CLAUS, Ind. -- The father of a woman who was killed when she fell off a southern Indiana roller coaster has sued the amusement park, claiming it was negligent. Park officials said Tamar Fellner died after falling from a Holiday World roller coaster in May 2003. Officials concluded that she stood up while the ride was moving. The federal lawsuit comes almost two years after officials concluded no criminal charges should be filed because Tamar Fellner fell out when she stood up while the ride was moving at Holiday World. Fellner, 32, of New York City, was among a...
  • Six Flags Unveils Plans For Fastest, Tallest Roller Coaster

    09/29/2004 7:33:42 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 53 replies · 1,829+ views
    wftv ^ | 29-Sept-2004
    JACKSON, N.J. -- Six Flags Great Adventure is opening the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster this spring -- a thrill ride that accelerates to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds and rises 456 feet off the ground. Plans for Kingda Ka, which is expected to be the cornerstone of new development at the central New Jersey amusement park, were to be unveiled Wednesday. The current speed and height record holder is "Top Thrill Dragster" at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. Made by Intamin -- the same company Six Flags hired to build Kingda Ka -- Dragster shoots riders...
  • Naked riders take tilt at record

    08/30/2004 6:10:01 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 6 replies · 517+ views
    BBC News ^ | Sunday, 29 August, 2004,
    An attempt to break the world record for the number of naked rollercoaster riders has taken place at a Staffordshire theme park. Thirty-two nude people attempted to ride the Nemesis at Alton Towers, in which thrill-seekers are suspended at four times the force of gravity. A TV company filmed the stunt to mark the 50th anniversary of the Guinness Book of Records. The aim was to beat the record set by 28 riders at Thorpe Park, Surrey. A spokesman from Alton Towers confirmed the attempt took place but said they could not reveal whether the record was broken before the...
  • Child Injured On Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Ride

    07/10/2004 5:49:48 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 6 replies · 615+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/10/04
    Disneyland ride shut down after accident-TV report LOS ANGELES, July 8 (Reuters) - Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride was shut down on Thursday evening after two cars bumped into each other and left an 11-year-old boy with neck pain, a Los Angeles television station reported.
  • WIG STALLS CONEY I. COASTER TILL RESCUERS PULL RUG OUT FROM UNDER RIDERS

    05/31/2004 6:57:06 AM PDT · by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY · 9 replies · 160+ views
    The New York Post ^ | 5/31/2004 | Bill Hoffman
    Coney Island Cyclone riders had a hair-raising experience yesterday when the world-famous roller coaster stopped dead in its tracks at the top of a hill after a woman's wig blew off and got caught in the wheels. The bizarre mishap had riders stuck in their seats for nearly 30 minutes. "This happens sometimes where something flies out and gets stuck," said Cyclone manager Jerry Menditto. "Usually, it's a sweater or a pocketbook, but this time, it was a lady's wig." Witnesses said the ride ground to a halt at around 3 p.m. when the train reached the top of the...
  • Where Did They Put Their Ticket Stubs?

    05/21/2004 11:47:29 AM PDT · by Fierce Allegiance · 22 replies · 174+ views
    LONDON (Reuters) - Over 80 British students threw caution and their clothes to the wind Friday to set a world record for the number of nudes riding on a rollercoaster. Reuters Photo The naked joy riders spent a hair-raising one minute and fifty seconds swooping around the rails of the gravity defying rollercoaster ride at a theme park south of London. A spokeswoman at the park said 81 students from 15 universities took part in the record breaking stunt, which had never been attempted before.
  • Cedar Point Puts Size Limit On Coaster Riders

    05/21/2004 7:35:33 AM PDT · by flutters · 20 replies · 246+ views
    NBC 4 Columbus ^ | May 21, 2004
    New Seat Belt Position Won't Fit Some People SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Some Cedar Point visitors may need to shed a few pounds to ride one of the park's most popular coasters. WEWS reported how new seatbelt positions on the Millennium Force may not fit some of the coaster's bigger riders. The ride has thrilled millions since it opened in 2000, but some riders who've been on Millennium in the past are now being turned away. Two summers ago, Tony Ventresco, of Youngstown, had no problem riding the roller coaster. But now, Ventresco, along with other borderline bigger riders, are finding...
  • Safety measures faulted in ride death

    05/09/2004 5:51:13 AM PDT · by billorites · 17 replies · 232+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 9, 2004 | Connie Paige
    State officials said yesterday that an overweight man fell to his death from a roller coaster last week at Six Flags New England because a park attendant did not make sure he was secured in his seat and he was too bulky to be properly restrained by the lap bar used on the ride. Thomas G. Gatzunis, state public safety commissioner, said that all rides in the state that use the lap bar restraint, including the Superman Ride of Steel in Agawam, will remain closed until amusement park operators and state inspectors agree on safety modifications. Six Flags officials said...
  • Superman' coaster deadly: Man fatally thrown from Six Flags ride

    05/02/2004 5:15:12 AM PDT · by billorites · 24 replies · 570+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | May 2, 2004
    A 55-year-old man died yesterday afternoon after he was thrown from the wild and world-renowned ``Superman'' roller coaster ride at Six Flags New England in Agawam.       ``All of a sudden people started screaming: `Stop the ride, stop the ride, someone has fallen off.' They finally stopped the ride and it was extreme panic and we looked and all the people in the cars were crying,'' eyewitness Sara Syez told WHDH-TV. ``We looked over to the side and there was a gentleman laying by the fence.''      Agawam police identified the victim as Stanley J. Morbarsky of Bloomfield, Conn.      Park officials...
  • Petraeus Cites Highs and Lows of Iraqi Deployment

    03/17/2004 10:56:07 AM PST · by Calpernia · 5 replies · 151+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 17, 2004 | By Donna Miles
    Home along with his soldiers after a one- year deployment in Iraq, the commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) called the division's experiences in Operation Iraqi Freedom "a roller coaster" of highs and lows. Since the first elements of the division began leaving their sprawling post that straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border north of Nashville in February 2003, Army Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus said they experienced amazing high points in Iraq. Division troops engaged and killed Saddam Hussein's two sons, Uday and Qusay, in Mosul, and also captured Asa Hawleri, third in the terrorist group Ansar al- Islam's...
  • American Sets New Roller Coaster Record

    08/26/2003 2:43:22 PM PDT · by Recourse · 4 replies · 194+ views
    Yahoo ^ | August 26, 2003 | Associated Press
    American Sets New Roller Coaster Record BERLIN - An American set a world record for roller-coaster riding Tuesday, surpassing his own mark of 147 hours after six days of careening rides in a German amusement park, organizers said. Richard Rodriguez, 43, followed Guinness Book of World Records rules requiring eight-hour periods of riding with no more than 15-minute breaks, the Holiday Park in the southwest German town of Hassloch said in a statement. Rodriguez, who teaches English at Loyola University in Chicago, used two roller-coasters at the amusement park in his record chase. For the purpose, one car on each...
  • Victim opened belt, stood on coaster (STUPID ALERT)

    06/04/2003 5:50:00 PM PDT · by WellsFargo94 · 76 replies · 420+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | June 4, 2003 | By AUSTIN FENNER and BILL HUTCHINSON
    The Manhattan woman thrown to her death from an Indiana roller coaster had unbuckled her seat belt and was "virtually standing up" as the thrill ride careened along at 60 mph, authorities said yesterday. The stunning revelation came as 1,500 relatives and friends attended funeral services for Tamar Fellner, 32, who had earned a Harvard M.B.A. and ran her own business. Spencer County Prosecutor Jon Dartt said witnesses at the Holiday World & Splashin' Safari park saw Fellner unlatch her seat belt and get up in a bid to get what roller-coaster enthusiasts call air time. She made the fatal...
  • 75TH ANNIVERSARY CONEY ISLAND'S "CYCLONE"

    06/26/2002 5:56:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 495+ views
    Associate Press Wire - live feed | June 26, 2002
    NEW YORK (AP) _ The Cyclone, perhaps the world's best-known roller coaster, turns 75-years-old today. The Coney Island landmark first opened to thrill seekers on June 26, 1927, and still offers a 60 mph ride on 1.6 miles of track, including 12 drops. When it first opened, a ride on the Cyclone was 25 cents. These days the same ride will cost you $5 _ except for today, between noon and 5:00 p.m., when rides will sell for 75 cents to celebrate the Brooklyn coaster's silver anniversary. There will also be Ragtime music, a 1920s swimsuit contest and a...