Health officials in Montreal received a call from La Ronde at about 1:30 PM on July 6th after a catastrophic and chaotic event occurred. A 35 year old worker ventured beneath the track of the Vampire inverted coaster and was fatally struck by the 50 mph train.
More investigation has yet to be done as to why the worker was there and other circumstances. The location of the injury and the name of the worker has also remained anonymous, which the family wishes it to remain as such. The man was declared dead at the scene. Soon after the accident, there was said to be lots of people running and screaming which had to be broken up by the paramedics and park security. The ride will remain closed through the investigation.
Vampire is an inverted coaster designed by Bolliger and Mabillard. It has a layout similar to the Batman: The Ride coasters found at many Six Flags parks, featuring a lift 100 ft in height, a top speed of 50 mph, and 5 inversions including a pair of loops, 2 corkscrews and a zero-g roll.
La Ronde park in Montreal, Quebec announced a Goliathaddition. Next year, Canadian thrill seekers have a new tallest and fastest coaster in the area.Goliath is a Bolliger and Mabillard Junior Hyper Coaster that has an extensive airtime-filled layout. The ride will dominate the park's skyline with sheer heights of 174 feet, an 170 foot first drop, speeds of sixty eight miles per hour, and a length of over 4000 feet. The layout? Nine airtime hills throughout an out and back course full of thrills and air.Goliath is the biggest investment to the park since the addition of the Monstre racing wooden coaster and the parks opening back in 1967. La Ronde was bought in 2001 by Six Flags and since under Six Flags' ownership, over seventeen new rides have been built. The other major addition under the Six Flags ownership was Vampire, another coaster from Bolliger and Mabillard, an inverted coaster that is a clone of the popular Batman: The Ride found at many Six Flags parks.Goliath will hopefully open at the start of the 2006 season. Stay tuned for a ride gallery page!