New Jersey Roller Coaster Launches Test Dummies
Amusement park accidents might seem rare but they’re actually more common than originally thought. The chances of being involved in an accident causing serious injury at an amusement park are 1 in 16 million according to the National Safety Council. However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 2017, there were 29,400 emergency department visits related to amusement attractions. New York is one of 42 states that have a department dedicated to the inspection of amusement rides. Each ride is inspected before it can operate. This includes traveling amusement rides, which are inspected at each location.
Silive reports on a New Jersey Roller Coaster where two test dummies were tossed from the ride.
During a routine test on April 20th, two crash test dummies fell from a roller coaster at a New Jersey amusement park.
The two dummies fell from the GaleForce rollercoaster at Playland’s Castaway Cove in Ocean City, New Jersey. They then landed on the roof of a nearby hotel, the Ebb Tide Suites.
Vice President of the amusement park Bryan Hartley claimed the issue was with the dummies, not the ride itself. According to Hartley, the dummies lost rigidity, causing them to slip from the restraints and fall from the rid, this loss of rigidity would not occur with a live person on the ride.
The ride is tested for about 2 hours each day and has not had an incident since April 20th. The New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs said that the GaleForce roller coaster received a permit for operation in 2019.