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July 18, 2005

RideAccidents.com

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FunFact: Since 1981 amusement parks at fixed sites have had a special exemption from federal regulation unlike any other consumer product.

FunFact #2: Many states don't regulate rides or require public reporting of accidents. Florida, where a 4–year–old passed out and died on the "Mission: Space" ride at Disney World on June 13, does require public reporting — but it exempts big parks like Disney.

Who knew?

RideAccidents.com "is the world's single most comprehensive, detailed, updated, accurate and complete source of amusement ride accident reports and related news."

It includes a record of fatal amusement park accidents since 1972, including many from outside the U.S.

Let me just say this: If you spend any amount of time on RideAccidents.com you'll never again feel quite as comfortable about strapping yourself in for the big one.

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The website is an online horror story.

[via Cindy Loose and the Washington Post]

July 18, 2005 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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