Theme Park Ride Crash

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Average: 4.6 (14 votes)
Alert ID: 
04085
Description of Process: 

A popular theme park ride was stopped due to high winds.  800 people were in a queue waiting for the ride to open.

Description of Incident: 

Once the ride was re-opened, a safety system was manually over-riden to allow a carriage of people to continue on the track.  This resulted in the carriage with people crashing into a stationary empty carriage.  Eleven people were left with life-changing injuries.

Good Practice Guidance: 

Robust systems should be in place to prevent manual over-rides of safety systems.

Causes and consequences of incident or accident: 
Moving vehicle or vessel
Contact with something fixed or stationary
Trapped or crushed
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