The world’s fastest-accelerating roller coaster has been suspended after riders suffer back fractures

The world’s fastest-growing roller coaster with ‘super death’ speed gets suspended after riders suffer back and neck fractures

  • The Do-Dodonpa rollercoaster was opened in Fuji-Q theme park in Japan in 2001
  • The “Super Death” coaster shoots riders from 0 to 112 mph in just 1.56 seconds
  • At least six passengers sustained broken bones
  • Four riders said they had broken bones in their neck or back
  • The roller coaster has been suspended and is under investigation

The world’s fastest roller coaster, Do-Dodonpa at Fuji-Q Highland Theme Park in JapanIt was stopped earlier this month after four passengers were seriously injured.

Described as a serpentine train with ‘super death speed’, the Do-Dodonpa first opened in 2001 and shoots riders from 0 to 112 mph in just 1.56 seconds.

At least six passengers sustained broken bones after a gravity ride at the foot of Mount Fuji between December 2020 and August 2021, and four of them said they had broken neck or back bones.

The trip was closed for inspection by the park organizers on August 12, but the Japanese authorities were not informed of the incidents until August 17, at which point the trip was immediately suspended.

Park officials were reportedly stunned by the injuries, given that no rider had sustained an injury in the two decades of riding through December.

Described as a roller coaster with ‘super death speed’, the Do-Dodonpa first opened in 2001 and shoots riders from 0 to 112 mph in just 1.56 seconds

At its highest point, the rollercoaster reaches 161 feet off the ground and boasts a ring of 131 feet in diameter, making it one of the largest rollercoasters in the world.

At its highest point, the rollercoaster reaches 161 feet off the ground and boasts a ring of 131 feet in diameter, making it one of the largest rollercoasters in the world.

The Do-Dodonpa roller coaster was recently refurbished in 2017, and modifications were made to increase its speed from 106-112 mph.

At its highest point, the rollercoaster reaches 161 feet off the ground and boasts a ring of 131 feet in diameter, making it one of the largest rollercoasters in the world.

Japan’s Mainichi newspaper reported this weekend that four people in their 30s to 50s riding the Dodo Dodunba broke their neck and back bones, requiring months of recovery.

Amusement park officials said Friday that they chose to suspend the ride on August 12 after reports of injuries to the riders, but insisted that “a causal relationship between the injuries and the amusement machines has not yet been confirmed.”

Located in Fuji-Q Highland Theme Park in Japan, Do-Dodonpa was built at the foot of Mount Fuji.  It is one of the most famous attractions in the world among amusement park and roller coaster lovers

Located in Fuji-Q Highland Theme Park in Japan, Do-Dodonpa was built at the foot of Mount Fuji. It is one of the most famous attractions in the world among amusement park and roller coaster lovers

Fuji-Q Highland officials said Do-Dodonpa places too much physical stress on its riders, and there are warning signs in the park asking riders to sit in the proper position.

When the first rider, a woman in her thirties reported an injury in December 2020, the staff checked the machine but found no problem, thus the accident was treated as a one-time anomaly.

The park later checked the trip with the manufacturers to ensure the machine was running smoothly after more injuries were reported in May and June of this year, but no abnormalities were found.

Although reports of broken bones while riding a roller coaster are alarming and many horror stories about crippled attractions, the chances of suffering an injury on a roller coaster or a similar amusement park ride are actually slim.

According to Safety Science, an international journal of human and industrial safety technology, the International Association of Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) reported in 2019 that the chances of getting seriously injured on a trip at a fixed location in the United States are 1 in 17 million.

The IAAPA report stated that most injuries to such sights occur as a result of rider behavior and misconduct, rather than machinery malfunction.

Park officials were reportedly stunned by the injuries, reporting that no rider had sustained an injury in the two decades of riding through December.

Park officials were reportedly stunned by the injuries, reporting that no rider had sustained an injury in the two decades of riding through December.

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