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Information about theme park accidents in Orlando

Are Theme Parks Underreporting Injuries?

The major theme parks recently released statistics regarding injuries received in the parks during the first quarter of 2015, according to a recent article in the Orlando Sentinel. In the first three months of business there have been only six reported injuries from Walt Disney World and seven from Universal Studios. But what is the basis of this report? The major theme parks in Florida are overseen by Florida’s Department of Agriculture, and are not required to report injuries, as others are. They voluntarily report injuries and injury statistics to the public. In this quarterly report the injuries listed were only those that were the result of a hospital stay that lasted more than 24 hours.  So what does that really mean? In 2012, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the National Centers for Health Statistics released a summary of health statistics.  That report shows, on average, only 7.6% of Emergency…
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Riders Rescued from Stalled Hulk Coaster

Yesterday, March 25, 2015, at around 5:45pm the Incredible Hulk roller coaster at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure came to a sudden and unexpected halt.  For nearly two and a half hours, at least 12 people were stuck on the stalled coaster waiting for rescue. The ride came to a halt near  a platform which allowed 20 of the riders to exit immediately and safely utilizing one of the platforms located on the side of the ride.  The remaining 12 were stuck beyond access to the platform forcing them to wait rescue from the Orlando Fire Department. No injuries were reported and all the passengers were safely recovered from the stalled roller coaster.  While no further information has been reported and Universal has not stated the cause of the stoppage, they are investigating.

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Universal’s Rip Ride Rockit: What Happened?

If you caught the morning news today, you probably saw a short video and reference to Universal Orlando’s Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster.  Last night 12 passengers on the coaster were stuck for more than two hours near the top of the coaster’s first climb.  Today, we’d like to discuss what happened. According to Universal spokes people, a glitch in the ride’s computer forced the ride to safety mode and stop.  This is exactly what should have happened, and while the cause and extent of the glitch is yet to be determined, the system stopping is a good safety measure to have in place. Unfortunately for the passengers, this meant they were stuck at a nearly vertical angle and just out of reach of a platform and ladder that could have lead them to safety.  Leaving the cars at this time would have been difficult, and dangerous, even for…
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