Amusement park closes roller coaster that kept breaking guests’ bones
- An amusement park in Japan has been forced to shut down a roller coaster after several guests broke their bones during the ride
- The Do-Dodonpa at Fuji-Q Highland was once touted as the world’s fastest roller coaster and lured visitors with its “super lethal” acceleration.
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In 2010, a student seeking a doctorate at an art school in London who presumably spent much of his childhood terrorizing unsuspecting guests on roller coaster designer unveiled its design for the Euthanasia Coaster, a “hypothetical death machine” with enough g-forces to kill anyone who jumps on board.
Although this ride remains unbuilt, a theme park in Japan has spent the past two decades letting guests experience what they could experience with Do-Dodonpa, a 161-foot-tall ride that once held the title. of “the fastest roller coaster in the world”. thanks to “super lethal” acceleration that takes riders from 0-112 MPH in 1.6 seconds.
However, according to Vice, all visitors who have been to Fuji-Q Highland Park hoping to take a ride to Do-Dodonpa in the past week have been denied the opportunity as officials were recently forced to close the attraction after no less than six the guests ended their ride with broken bones that were intact when they strapped in.
The park conducted an investigation with the help of the company that designed Do-Dodonpa but was unable to find out why the runners – four of whom had broken neck or back bones – suddenly been victims of dizzying speeds. The outlet spoke to an architectural expert who said these types of accidents were “unheard of” due to government regulations that amusement parks in Japan are forced to abide by, but they issued the speculation that the guests who were injured may have been seated incorrectly while being subjected to the same forces that astronauts are subjected to when propelled into space.