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All Aboard The X-Coaster

by | 11th, June 2007

roller-coaster-upside-down.jpg“YOU could tell who got off the (X-Coaster) because their faces were red,” said Angela Salter.

You join us in Springs & Crystal Falls amusement park, Arkansas, where a dozen riders are getting their money’s worth on the big attraction.

Having buckled into their seats, the roller coaster riders are ready to go.

“It was very scary,” says Connie McBride. “I love the amusement park, but I will never get on the X-Coaster again.”

This sounds just great, ideal material for Sky Three to make a programme around, or Five an entire series.

But health and safely may not allow it because the power has just gone off and the riders are hanging upside down150 feet in the air.

roller-coaster-upside-down-2.jpg“The cause could be a (tree) limb or as simple as an animal (on the lines),” says Mark Hunt, general manager of customer service for Entergy, the power company. “We could find no faults, but we are going to continue to investigate until we find the cause.”

The riders are rescued by ladder.

And the ride is closed. But surely it should go on. In the quest for the biggest fairground thrill, what better than not knowing what will happen?

We say plug the thing back in. And let British train operators maintain the track. The ride leaves early. The ride leaves late. The ride never leaves. The ride arrives. The ride is waylaid by a points failure and replaced by a bus service…

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