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amusement-injuries-08f329d0.jpg.885x491_q90_box-0,170,3000,1835_crop_detailTracking Injuries on Roller Coasters and Other Theme Park Rides

In 2009, a cable broke on the Xcelerator roller coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Vista, Calif. The cable ripped through the ride’s car and slashed the leg of a 12-year-old boy. The roller coaster ranks among the park’s fastest, with a top speed of 82 miles per hour. Injuries on Southern California amusement park rides are rare. But when they do occur, the most common ones actually are fainting, nausea and dizziness. People are more likely to get sick or hurt on older rides than on newer ones. And about 1 in 8 accident reports, as they are called, are about riders who were hurt while getting on or off …


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