Faulty Lap-Bar on Opa


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New details in the Mt. Olympus case have been revealed. Earlier this month, March 6th, Anthony Theisen, aged 63, fell from the Opa roller coaster at Mt. Olympus. Thesien reportedly fell out of the spinning mouse car as it traveled around a corner. He fell to the ground and was breathing but unresponsive when crews arrived to the scene. Lake Delton Police Lt. Daniel Hardman said Theisen was listed as being in stable condition. According to a report by Wisconsin’s Channel 3000, “UW Hospital officials say they do not currently have a patient by that name.”

Lake Delton Police have released a report claiming that the cause of the accident was a faulty lap-bar on the coaster. The official police report states that the lap-bar was not functioning properly according to a witness. Channel 3000 reprots that witness told police, “she rode the same ride as Theisen in the same seat five minutes earlier and noticed the lap bar was loose. She said she had to hold the lap bar down during the entire duration of the roller coaster ride”. Theisen’s wife spoke to Lake Delton Police. In their report she told police on the scene that her, “husband flew out of his seat and fell to the floor below while the ride was going around a corner.” She added that her, “husband’s lap bar malfunctioned and came unlocked during the ride.”

According to the news page, Mt. Olympus managers said, “they had swapped the carts out earlier that day, according to the report. The managers said the carts are swapped out once a year, and the new carts were tested and replacement parts were installed.” In the police report the ride operator said, “Everything seemed normal with the yellow car that Theisen was riding in.” The operator continued, “When the ride was stopped after he fell out, the lap bar where he was sitting was in the secure position.”

According to Channel 3000 the coaster has been inspected by the Department of Safety and Professional Services several times since its opening in 2006. “The only problems reported by the DSPS were in September 2008. Mt. Olympus was required to fix protruding corners, studs, bolts and screws on all of the ride’s passenger-carrying devices. The state inspectors also found a lack of padding on the lap bar in the middle of one of the ride’s cars and another one did not have a readable warning label.

Since the incident, Lake Delton police have stated that there isn’t a criminal investigation regarding the accident. The Department of Safety and Professional Services said the investigation into the accident is currently ongoing. Mt. Olympus officials said the Opa roller coaster will remain closed for the duration of the investigation and until further notice.
Source: coaster-net.com

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