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Green Lantern Closed As Precaution After Tragedy In Spain
On the same day that the Ninja roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain had an unexpected run-in with a tree branch that had fallen on the track (read here), a roller coaster in Europe had a much more catastrophic and devastating accident. An 18-year old man was thrown from the Inferno roller coaster at the Terra Mítica theme park in Spain. He suffered severe blunt force trauma and died from a cardiac arrest about an hour later, while on the way to the hospital.
The Inferno roller coaster is a ZacSpin model coaster from Intamin Amusement Rides. Eight riders are strapped into a free-spinning car, with four riders protruding on either side of the track. The track is laid out in a single plane and the cars rotate randomly as they make their way through the track. The Inferno roller coaster looks very similar to this:
This is what Green Lantern: First Flight looks like:
Although not the exact same ZacSpin model as Green Lantern: First Flight at Six Flags Magic Mountain, it does use the same safety harnesses. Therefore, as a precaution following the tragic accident in Spain, Magic Mountain has closed Green Lantern to perform a complete safety inspection of the ride. Here is the official statement from Six Flags Magic Mountain:
We are saddened to hear of the accident in Spain. The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority and as a precaution we have temporarily closed a similar ride for a thorough inspection.
We know that the man’s harness opened during the ride, but it is unclear at this point if it was due to mechanical failure or some other reason. An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause. Our condolences go out to the victim’s family. A fatal accident on a roller coaster is extremely rare and I take comfort knowing that Magic Mountain has the safety of it’s guests in mind with the pro-active closure and inspection of Green Lantern.
For more information on this coaster, please read my full Green Lantern: First Flight ride profile.