Dem Senator: Roller Coasters Need More Federal Regulations « CBS Houston

Oh, come on! Let the fucking states take care of this! Don’t you assholes have better things to do..whoops this is a dumbass democrat..they’re busy trying to tell you how to take care of your body (obamacare) just like the religious right over abortion..and finding ways to allow illegal aliens to have citizenship so native born people are shoved to the back of the bus. Now, I don’t normally speak my mind on politics but this is the kind of bullshit that gets me worked up. How about working to GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. Whoops..that means they wouldn’t need the dems to take care of them…

And the Repubs aren’t any better either…

 

Dem Senator: Roller Coasters Need More Federal Regulations « CBS Houston.

San Antonio’s Iron Rattler shut down after fatal Arlington ride

Per Beaumont enterprises website:

 

The new Iron Rattler features a 171-foot drop at a nearly vertical 81 degrees. It also has four overbanked turns (more than 90 degrees) and a top speed of 70 mph. Photo: John Davenport / San Antonio Express-News

 

The Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio remains closed as officials investigate what led to a fatal accident on another roller coaster at the company’s Arlington theme park.

Fiesta Texas spokeswoman Sydne Purvis said Monday that the decision to close the attraction was made late Friday after officials heard about the accident in Arlington. According to Dallas-area news outlets, the 52-year-old woman was thrown to her death from the Texas Giant at Six Flags over Texas about 7 p.m. Friday.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office reportedly said that she died of “multiple traumatic injuries due to (a) fall from a roller coaster.” The Dallas Morning News said relatives identified her as Rosy Esparza, though the coroner’s office has identified her as Rosa Ayala-Gaona.

The Iron Rattler, which debuted in May, is “somewhat similar, although not identical” to the Texas Giant, Purvis said, describing them both as hybrid roller coasters made from a combination of wood and steel.

“They’re not identical in configuration, and in a number of other ways, the roller coasters are different,” Purvis said.

It wasn’t clear early Monday how long the Iron Rattler would remain shuttered. Purvis said the decision was made as a precaution. Six Flags over Texas officials told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the Texas Giant will remain closed until the end of an in-house investigation into the woman’s death.

The Iron Rattler is a revamped version of the theme park’s original Rattler, a 20-year Fiesta Texas landmark that was retired in August 2012. The Iron Rattler runs on new steel tracks and rails added to its iconic predecessor’s wooden structure.

The redesign increased the original coaster’s drop from 124 feet to 171 feet, upgraded the drop from about 61 degrees to a much steeper 81 degrees and added 5 mph to the ride’s top speed. The old Rattler’s top speed was 65 mph. The Iron Rattler’s is 70 mph.

On June 12, 2007, Hailey Kuhn, 14, fell off a rollercoaster platform and was paralyzed while waiting in line to ride the Poltergeist at Fiesta Texas.

An Express-News investigation found that Texas ride owners told state officials that more than 1,800 people were injured on or near amusement rides from 2000 to 2008 — an average of about 230 per year. Most victims suffered only scrapes and bruises, and the official tally of injuries has declined over the years. But there have been painful mishaps — at least 120 people broke bones; nearly 60 people had teeth chipped or knocked out; and four people suffered amputations.

Trains and People

csxt316 at lightfoot1

 

I’m sure I’ll be savaged for saying this, but I just finished watched a story on the 11pm news about a 19 yo girl being hit and killed by a train. She and her boyfriend had been fishing from a trestle and she couldn’t get out of the way in time. Now, this is a sob story why??

I grew up in a railroad family and from the time I was old enough to understand my dad always told me to stay off the tracks. He taught me the dangers of trains very early on. Thus, I know how this works.

Now before you savage me, read on and I’ll explain some things. First off, look at the train above. Do you see an end to those cars? I bet not. I can tell you, since I took the shot, that there were 150 fully loaded coal cars for export. That meant the train in question was around 16-17k tons and a mile and a half long.

Ok, we’ve established this now, so keep up with me-ok? Now the train is running 40mph and it’s on a steel ribbon. Now, let me ask you a question: if the train runs on those two tracks, can it turn? Can it turn left or right? The answer is no. All it can do it go forwards and backwards. This means it can’t swerve to avoid you.

With that established, let’s move to the next stage. Do you know how much these engines weigh? At base weight from GE they’re 432k pounds. CSX has ballasted then to 452k to get better traction and pull from them. So, all that to the 17k train. Still with me?

Now, with something that heavy, how long do you think it takes to stop it? Try two miles. That’s right! Two miles! And it’s not because the engines don’t have brakes, it’s due to the pure weight of the train. It takes a long time to stop one once it’s at speed. That’s pure physics…nothing more nothing less.

So, now that we’ve established the train can’t turn, that it weighs 17k tons, and it takes 2 miles to stop, who’s at fault here? It’s not the RR! And keep in mind, there’s a man or woman at the controls (or at the conductor side too) that dumps the air brakes (dumping means they’ve killed the air, which caused the shoes to lock onto the wheels and start to stop the train. All they can do is sit there and hope to God you get out of the way. There’s nothing they can do at that point but pray.

Imagine being in their shoes, unable to stop on a dime, blowing the horn, dumping the brakes and you can’t keep from hitting and killing that person. Could there be any possible worse feeling to have as a human being? These men and women clocked in to go to work and now have to live with the fact that someone died and they couldn’t do a damn thing to stop it.

I’ve known people who have had to take early retirement from the RR after a crossing accident or hitting a person. They just couldn’t do the job anymore for various emotional and psychological reasons. Keep in mind this is their livelihood and how they support their family, so imagine how traumatic this is on them too.

So, all I’m saying is to bear in mind that there’s a man or woman on that train that can’t do a thing to prevent what’s happening and has to live with it the rest of their lives. So, the family of the ‘victim’ isn’t the only one having to live with the pain of a lost life.

I want to leave you with this video to see. I want you to keep an eye out for the black vehicle and tell me if that engineer had time to do anything. And keep in mind, 5 kids died doing this stunt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOPtw5ZLX_c

Gives you an idea of what kind of things railroaders have to deal with.