No Friendly Drop Zone To Help Me After
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No Friendly Drop Zone To Help Me After

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CityNews and the Toronto Star are reporting that Canada’s Wonderland has closed its free-fall ride, the Drop Zone (named after the Wesley Snipes skydiving movie) due to a grisly accident on a similar ride in the States.
On Thursday, a cable snapped on the Superman Tower of Power at Louisville’s Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom and severed both feet of a 13-year-old girl above her ankles. The Six Flags and Cedar Fair chains (the latter of which owns Wonderland) subsequently shut down the free-fall rides at their parks across the U.S. and Canada, pending an investigation. A photo linked to in the comments section of an article from the Louisville Courier-Journal shows just how close riders’ feet get to the cables on rides like Drop Zone.
References to the ride appear to have been deleted from Kentucky Kingdom’s website. A Google search also turns up some conspicuously broken links.
This is not the first time the 230-foot-tall Drop Zone&#8212Vaughan’s CN Tower&#8212has been closed due to an incident in the U.S. A September 2, 1999 article in the Toronto Star reported:

On Aug. 22, a 12-year-old boy died when he slipped out of harness on the Drop Zone, a stunt tower where riders are strapped into a seat and then dropped in a free-fall, at the Great America Park in Santa Clara, Calif….Like other Paramount Parks in North America, Canada’s Wonderland has temporarily shut down its Drop Zone until the results of the California investigation are known.

According to WKRN Nashville, there have been twenty-four amusement park accidents across the U.S. this year.
Photo of Wonderland’s Drop Zone by destructogirl on Flickr.

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