Following last week's accident on Six Flags New England's Superman: Ride of Steel, a couple reports have been released today.
The first report says Stanley Mordarsky was thrown from the ride because of his restraint not being properly secured by the ride operator. However, the report also assigns blame in this accident to Mr. Mordarsky for not informing the operators of his medical condition (cerebal palsy) which is required by state law and to Intamin AG, which built the roller coaster. Mordarsky had also been denied the right to ride the coaster earlier.
Stanley's brother Daniel said that is was obvious that he had a medical condition considering he rode up to the coaster on a scooter, entered through a handicapped entrance, and even had help from the attendants to get into the car. The 20-year-old operator failed to pull the restraint down to a proper level, reportedly because of Mordarsky's large girth. The operator's name was not released, but they did test negative for intoxicants after the accident.
Although no mechanical defects were found, the T-bar restraints will remain banned in the state of Massachusetts. This Superman coaster will be the only one in the state affected by this. To follow the new law, the restraints will receive shorter seatbelts, the lapbar itself will be modified to fit more securely against the riders, and possibly the seat bottoms will be extended to make the new restraints even more effective.You can read more by using the links below to the two reports talked about in this post.Restraint ModificationsAccident Report