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A routine security check of a roller coaster in New Jersey did not go according to plan when the two test dummies were sent crashing into the roof of a nearby hotel.
The GaleForce Roller Coaster at Playland’s Castaway Cove in Ocean City, N. J., was undergoing a safety check on 20 April. Two water-filled test dummies allegedly fell from the ride and hit the roof of the Ebb tide Suites, causing minor damage to the roof. Fortunately, no one was injured during the incident.
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According to the park website, the ride is 125 feet high and has a launch speed of 64 km per hour. It has been in operation since 2017.
The park is vice president, Brian Hartley, spoke with Fox News about the incident. According to Hartley, there was no problem with the drive itself, but to the dummies, which he described as water-balloon type dummies made of a material that is similar to that of an inflatable raft.
The Water was reportedly leaked from both of the dummies after they were tied up, which led to the loss of mass and stiffness. This made it possible for them to fall halfway through the ride, Hartley said, as the ride pulled back into the station with all of the lap bars still protected. According to Hartley, a man would not have been able to fall, if the harness did not fail.
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While the roof of the Ebb tide Suites was allegedly repaired within an hour, no dummy test for the safety. Hartley said they were both thrown away after the incident.