News 24 August 2021

World’s Fastest Accelerating Rollercoaster Suspended After Breaking Riders’ Bones

24 August 2021

The world’s fastest roller coaster has suspended operations after multiple riders reported broken bones.

With a top speed of 118mph in 1.56 seconds, the ‘Do-Dodonpa’ ride in Fujiyoshida, Japan has the world’s fastest acceleration for a roller coaster. The ride was built in 2001 but in 2017, it was modified to increase its top speed.

While it’s speed may sound like a dream for adrenaline junkies, it seems that the ride could be too powerful as four people have reported the ride has broken their neck or back, according to Japanese newspaper The Mainichi.

VICE has also reported that Do-Dodonpa – one of the main attractions at the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park – is responsible for the fractured bones of another two people.

Although the “the causal relationship between injuries and amusement machines has not yet been confirmed,” the theme park decided to suspend the ride on Friday (August 20).

It’s been speculated that the injuries may have been caused by improper sitting on Do-Dodonpa as one rider who was injured in December said “might have been leaning forward during the ride”.

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