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7/9 Accident on Son of Beast - Updated 7/12

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The Bat opened in 1982, and was removed in 1985. It only operated in the 1982, and 1983 seasons. When it 1st opened it was treated like a 1st of a kind coaster, (it was not the 1st suspended) but problems were just around the Conner. In was plagued with problems, and design flows. Some thing good did come out of this. KI was going to sue Arrow the company that built it, but Arrow agreed to build a new coaster for KI, that did not coast much to the park. It did not coast Arrow much either, cause they used a lot of Bats old parts. This new coaster was Vortex. As it looks now Son of Beast could be going down that same path.

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Yeah... 6 weeks of downtime - for state inspectors to go over the ride. That means its not going to reopen this year. After they go over the ride for 6 weeks - Kings Island will undoubtedly put alot of work beyond what is required by the state - to make it extra safe. So it will probably reopen next season - if at all.

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The Bat opened in 1982, and was removed in 1985. It only operated in the 1982, and 1983 seasons. When it 1st opened it was treated like a 1st of a kind coaster, (it was not the 1st suspended) but problems were just around the Conner. In was plagued with problems, and design flows. Some thing good did come out of this. KI was going to sue Arrow the company that built it, but Arrow agreed to build a new coaster for KI, that did not coast much to the park. It did not coast Arrow much either, cause they used a lot of Bats old parts. This new coaster was Vortex. As it looks now Son of Beast could be going down that same path.

i knew all that, i thought you were talking about a similar accident happened on the bat

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I rode SOB a month ofter it opened in 2000 and it was rough, I did feel scared down the 1st drop and into the double Helix

 

It needs to be re-tracked by GCI or Gravity Group, get rid of those Premier trains and have some PTC ones.

 

With the height and speed of the ride, I know something like this would happen due to all the stress on the wood and supports etc.

 

I'm glad no-one died.

 

Save SOB

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I think Intamin should retrack it. Gravity Group track wouldn't be any better than what it has now - and I hear it doesn't age well. Also - PTC trains would be torn apart by the forces...

 

Intamin track on the other hand is very solid and would work great. Additionally the trains are trailered, and are better designed for these forces. You would have a steel coaster smooth SOB ride with Intamin.

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I'm just glad I got to ride the SOB this year. This is really a shame, because whatever re-tracking or re-tooling they did in the off-season really improved the ride. I mean, it was still huge, rough, and brutal - but it is what it is! I had a blast on it this year...surely they won't tear the thing down.

 

And I'm glad somebody from PKI finally got quoted saying that PKI operators routinely run the ride without any riders, for testing and safety purposes. I know most doofus guests don't pay attention to what's going on around them, but I've seen the ride run riderless tons of time.

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I think Intamin should retrack it. Gravity Group track wouldn't be any better than what it has now - and I hear it doesn't age well. Also - PTC trains would be torn apart by the forces...

 

Intamin track on the other hand is very solid and would work great. Additionally the trains are trailered, and are better designed for these forces. You would have a steel coaster smooth SOB ride with Intamin.

I also agree that Intamin style track and trains is the way to go, though any new train would be an improvement on SoB...I swear there is no leg room in those things AT ALL -.-

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Hey, it could be a blessing in disguise that this happened under Cedar Fair's ownership. Had it happened under Paramount, it would have most likely been a half a@# quick fix job. But under Cedar Fair, I think it will be handled in a much more appropriate and professional manner. Even if ( in time ) it means the ultimate sacrifice for the ride.

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The following FAQ has been released by Maureen Kaiser of the PKI Marketing Department:

 

Q: What happened? When? What were early reports?

A: On Sunday, July 9, at 4:45 p.m., a Son of Beast train rolled into the station after completing a full cycle. Some guests complained of discomfort. The Kings Island safety team, as well as Mason Fire and Safety immediately responded. 27 guests were transported to area hospitals. 25 were treated and released that evening. 2 were admitted to the hospital.

 

Q: Other reports say there were more guests at the hospital. What’s the deal?

A: We transported 27 guests from PKI. I don’t know about the number of guests who may have walked in on their own.

 

Q: Who is inspecting the ride?

A: On Monday, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and OSHA ride inspectors, as well as industry experts, arrived at the park to begin their inspection process.

 

Q: How is PKI assisting with the inspection?

A: We are cooperating fully with the Department of Agriculture. In addition, engineers and safety managers from Cedar Fair and PKI, as well as PKI ride maintenance technicians are assisting with the inspection.

 

Q: What have you learned from the inspection?

A: Preliminary evidence indicates there is a cracked vertical wooden post. Preliminary reports also indicate that this would not have been found by our pre-opening inspections and likely happened just before or right as the incident occurred.

 

Q: How long will the inspection take?

A: It could take weeks.

 

Q: When will the ride reopen?

A: The ride will remain closed until we are completely satisfied that the ride is safe.

 

Q: Where is the cracked wooden post?

A: In the rosebowl.

 

Q: Is the loop separating?

A: No.

 

Q: Is the loop dangerous?

A: No.

 

Q: Why is a train stopped on the tracks?

A: Two trains can’t be in the station at the same time. Therefore, to get the guests out of one train, another must leave the station.

 

Q: Were guests in the stopped train? Did they have to walk down the hill?

A: No. The train was empty.

 

Q: Why is it still there?

A: The inspection is in its early stages and we don’t want to jeopardize it by sending a train through a complete cycle.

 

Q: Why were empty cars sent out of the station before this incident occurred?

A: We had a biohazard incident earlier, and our park protocol for this insists that checks must be conducted before we can load guests again.

 

Q: How many board feet of lumber will the Department of Agriculture inspect?

A: 2.5 million board feet of lumber will be inspected.

 

Q: What is the daily maintenance done on Son of Beast? A:

1) Mechanical (PKI Maintenance)

2) Electrical (PKI Maintenance)

3) Operational (PKI Rides Operations)

 

Park maintenance technicians walk every inch of wooden track to complete the daily inspection.

 

During daily inspections, workers look for anything unusual including loose fasteners, deteriorating wood, misalignment of steel and wood connections. They will also test all safety systems and thoroughly review the trains to insure they are operating correctly.

 

All inspection processes are based on master check lists, developed specifically for Son of Beast.

 

A boom lift is used by the park for the sole purpose of inspecting the loop on Son of Beast every day.

 

Q: Didn’t PKI file suit against the manufacturer of Son of Beast?

A: Yes

 

Q: Wasn’t a part of the suit regarding sub grade wood?

A: Yes. However, all lumber determined to be sub grade was replaced or reinforced before the ride opened in 2000.

 

Q: Was any of the wood mentioned above in the area we’re focused on now?

A: No.

 

Q: Did PKI get a hefty sum of money when the lawsuit was finished? Some $20 million? Why wasn’t this reinvested in the ride?

A: We have received a judgment on this case, and we are in the process of recovering a portion of the money promised. At this time, we have received no money as a result of this lawsuit.

 

Q: How many guests does each train hold?

A: 30 guests. Five cars to a train.

 

Q: How many guests have ridden this attraction since it opened?

A: We have provided nearly 6 million safe rides since the ride opened in 2000.

 

Q: Why didn’t the ride open with the park on Sunday?

A: As mentioned above, wood coasters require extensive inspection before they can open. If irregularities are found, we tend to them immediately. This can take time. There was work down in a different area of the ride than the area in question.

 

Q: Does maintenance happen daily?

A: Yes. Safety is our top priority at PKI, there is no doubt about that. We will never open a ride to our guests unless we are completely confident that the ride is safe.

 

Q: What about the work done over the winter?

A: We did an extensive amount of work during the off season to improve the comfort of the ride experience.

 

Q: When was the ride certified by the state?

A: May 19

 

Q: Is there wood hanging from the track?

A: No.

 

Q: Did Cedar Fair voluntarily close the ride Sunday?

A: Yes. Our ride operators were fantastic. They recognized the issue and took steps to ensure safety. This set the wheels in motion at PKI. We responded immediately and continue to respond to guest needs.

 

Q: Have you talked directly with the media at all? Or are you just releasing statements and stonewalling them?

A: We held a press conference on Sunday night. I did interviews with news crews all day yesterday. My job is to keep people informed and I will do that until this story is complete. We utilize a variety of methods to do this – statements, press conferences, one-on-one interviews.

 

Q: Am I safe on roller coasters?

A: YES

 

Q: Am I safe at PKI?

A: YES!! I can’t stress enough how important safety is to our guests. Any hint that we’re not serious about that is, frankly, ridiculous and horribly untrue. We exist to provide safe and memorable experiences for our guests and will do everything in our power to provide just that.

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On a drive by today at about 10:40 I noticed there wasnt a train on the lift hill. I may have just not seen is as I was heading north on 71.

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My question is, and don't take this wrong, i'm not trying to be a jerk, but aren't the coasters inspected every day? So wouldn't this type of thing be caught? No offense to the maintenance crews, they've done a very good job so far... :)

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how do i set a darn avatar on this board? i'd like to put up a picture

If you want to put up a picture to share then go to www.photobucket.com and upload it there. If you want just an avatar its in your "My Controls" pannel.

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I went yesterday, July 18th. The train is still parked on the lift hill. It was such a sad site to see. I could not help but to just stare. Most of the general public was just making comments about how it was just broke down. It was like the accident was not known of by them. I was a bit surprised.

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