The Do-Dodonpa in Japan, known as the fastest roller coaster in the world, is temporarily closed. The reason is that several visitors have reported broken bones after a ride. That reports Vice.
NECK AND BACK FRACTURES
In just 1.8 seconds, the Do-Dodonpa reaches a top speed of 172 km/h. For years, thrill-seekers have flocked to Fuji-Q Highland Park to try out the infamous ride, an experience that regularly features on lists of the world’s scariest, most intense theme parks. However, the attraction is now closed until further notice, following multiple reports of serious injuries, including many neck and back fractures.
Since last December, at least six visitors have broken bones during a ride. Four of them reported breaking their necks or backs. Strangely enough, there were no reports of customer fractures at the time, even though the attraction has been in operation for almost 20 years. Experts are therefore surprised at this sudden increase in the number of injuries.
Initial investigations have revealed no technical problems at the Do-Dodonpa. Manufacturer Sansei Technologies has apologized to the injured but has also stated that the cause of the injuries is unknown.
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