NEWS: HARD LOOK AT LAKE COMPOUNCE

NEWS: HARD LOOK AT LAKE COMPOUNCE

Post by JackTheRipp » Sat, 23 Jun 2001 02:31:33


EDITORIAL
HARD LOOK AT LAKE COMPOUNCE

06/20/2001
The Hartford Courant
STATEWIDE
Page A10

After two accidents on consecutive days last week, federal and state
regulators ought to take a hard look at safety measures at Lake
Compounce Theme Park.

In one tragic case, a grounds crew worker, Wilfredo Martinez, was
struck and killed while t*** weeds under the track of a roller
coaster . A co-worker of the 23-year-old man said that the customary
warning was not issued before the coaster was sent out on a test run
prior to the opening of the park, which straddles the Bristol-
Southington line.

A day later, 26 riders, many of them children, were trapped when
another roller coaster stopped in mid- ride -- 60 feet above ground.
The ordeal lasted 90 minutes before firefighters completed the rescue.

Such events could spell deep trouble for the park, which in 1996 was
bought and resuscitated by Pittsburgh-based Kennywood Entertainment --
with $18 million in state aid. The company has since invested $40
million in modernizing the park. All that money could go down the
drain unless Lake Compounce improves its safety record.

Mr. Martinez was the third person -- the second worker -- to die at
the park in 22 months. In August 1999, a 16-year-old ride attendant
was killed after he fell beneath the Tornado, a spinning ride . Last
July, a 6-year-old boy died after falling off his inner tube on the
Lake Plunge ride and staying underwater for more than 20 minutes.

It's doubtful that any other amu***t park in the country has had so
many fatalities over the same period.

Officials at Kennywood ought to carry out a thorough review of the
facility's safety protocol. They should go out of their way to
convince regulators that the park poses no danger to the lives of
workers and visitors.

But the company's bigger challenge lies in restoring public confidence
in the safety of its roller coasters. Park visitors go in search of
thrills, not death or being stranded in midair. It's no surprise that,
after the incident in which riders were trapped, some schools have
canceled planned trips to Lake Compounce.

Kennywood Entertainment should offer members of the public one day of
free admission and devote the day to demonstrating the park's safety
measures.

 
 
 

NEWS: HARD LOOK AT LAKE COMPOUNCE

Post by Chris Luch » Sat, 23 Jun 2001 03:22:26

Here is a link to this story on the Courants web site if anyone wants to
reply:

http://www.ctnow.com/scripts/editorial.dll?bfromind=1855&eeid=4771285...

Chris.

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NEWS: HARD LOOK AT LAKE COMPOUNCE

Post by Jake Messime » Sat, 23 Jun 2001 01:11:24

Man, that was an incompetent editorial! Ooooooh, a worker was killed in a
freak accident while working near a ride! That sure makes me afraid to ride
boulderdash! I'm really gonna think twice about visiting that wretched death
trap of a place! Oh and the Zoomerang accident! Man, things like that only
happen like once a month! And like, zero people have ever been injured!
Oooooh, the horror! Geez. Why do people act like this? AMU***T PARKS ARE
NOT ANY MORE DANGEROUS THAN ANYTHING ELSE ON EARTH!!!!! GET IT THROUGH YOUR
HEADS PEOPLE!!!!!

--
Jake Messimer
Downtown Disney Cast Member
X.DejaVu.SFMM.4.01

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> Here is a link to this story on the Courants web site if anyone wants to
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http://SportToday.org/
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Post by Ed Mc Inern » Sat, 23 Jun 2001 13:02:21

Quote:
>AMU***T PARKS ARE
>NOT ANY MORE DANGEROUS THAN ANYTHING ELSE ON EARTH!!!!! GET IT THROUGH YOUR
>HEADS PEOPLE!!!!!

Do you think we disagree? Get it through your head to go to the site offered
and make that post. You get no argument here.

Ed
Enjoy yourself, I can attest that life is a very short span of time.

 
 
 

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Post by Allen Ayer » Sat, 23 Jun 2001 13:55:43

    Yeah we are not going to argue with you much on that.

Quote:

> >AMU***T PARKS ARE
> >NOT ANY MORE DANGEROUS THAN ANYTHING ELSE ON EARTH!!!!! GET IT THROUGH YOUR
> >HEADS PEOPLE!!!!!

> Do you think we disagree? Get it through your head to go to the site offered
> and make that post. You get no argument here.

> Ed
> Enjoy yourself, I can attest that life is a very short span of time.

--
Allen

http://SportToday.org/
http://SportToday.org/

 
 
 

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Post by Wolf » Sun, 24 Jun 2001 02:56:11

Quote:
> Kennywood Entertainment should offer members of the public one day of
> free admission and devote the day to demonstrating the park's safety
> measures.

Someone's gotten a little too used to media days...

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-Wolf

 
 
 

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Post by Colin » Sun, 24 Jun 2001 09:16:01

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> Someone's gotten a little too used to media days...

Completely agreed...this negative publicity that the Lake has been
getting is completely wack to me anyway...the guy dying was a tragic
*accident* which has been overdone by the media and the boomerang
getting caught in the cobra is hardly what I'd consider
cataclysmic...the media can try and make it sound like a disaster all
day long but let's face the facts here, it's a minor inconvenience and
no one was hurt, even the GP should be able to see that clearly.

colin