It’s a roller coaster that has delighted and terrified, often at the same time, riders from worldwide. But the Do-Dodonpa roller coaster in Japan has now been temporarily postponed after multiple riders were harmed- they reported broken bones.
Known for its “super death” speed, the roller coaster is situated at Fuji-Q Highland amusement park in Japan’s Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi. Four of the riders mentioned that they broke their neck or back, a representative for the park told VICE World News. Those who were extremely wounded included both men and women, and are in the age range of 30-50 reportedly.
“We would like to convey our deepest encouragement to the harmed customers … but we will venture to probe the cause under the guidance of the government,” the statement read, per a translation, News 3 Channel repeats. Probe showed no technical glitches and the ride’s manufacturing company, while apologizing to wounded riders, confessed that they were uncertain of what caused the injury.
The roller was built in 2001 and the ride goes from 0 to 180 kilometres per hour in 1.56 seconds, making it the speedy-accelerating roller coaster on the planet. But the park mentioned it was the first time riders broke their bones on the ride since it went into operation two decades ago, reports VICE World News. In 2017, the ride got a modification – its current speed. Earlier the top speed was 172 kilometres per hour. But the park mentions there has never been any information of serious wounds, including bone fractures, until December 2020.
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