Superman – Ride of Steel is a steelhyperroller coaster located at Six Flags America. A roller coaster with a mirror layout of exists at Darien Lake called Ride of Steel (formerly Superman – Ride of Steel prior to 2007). The Six Flags America version is an out and back model with two helixes mid-course and two bunnyhop hills near the end of the ride. Six Flags New England also has a ride originally called Superman – Ride of Steel, which has since been rethemed to Bizarro. The layout differs vastly from the versions of the coaster at Six Flags America and Darien Lake.
A near-fatal accident occurred on the Darien Lake version in 1999 when a passenger was thrown from the train on one of the final hills. As a result, the park installed standard seat-belts and imposed further restrictions on passenger size and weight. Prior to the accident, the height restriction was 48 inches (1.2 m); now it is 54 inches (1.4 m). This ride also has a computer controlled and monitored restraint system that does not allow the train to leave the station house until all restraints are low enough. The restraints were also replaced with larger and longer lap bars. A similar incident resulting in death occurred at Six Flags New England in 2004, caused by the same problems Darien Lake had rectified after the first incident.
On Friday, July 8, 2011, at approximately 5:30pm, a rider named James Hackemer on the Darien Lake ride fell out of his seat to his death. Darien Lake released a statement saying that the rider "came out" of the Ride of Steel and died, and that their thoughts and prayers were with the family. Hackemer was a decorated war veteran and 29 years old at the time of the accident. He had lost both of his legs in a roadside bombing in 2008. According to witnesses, he was ejected from his seat after the first 208-foot (63 m) drop on the following turn. Investigators said Hackemer was a passenger in the front seat and fell out at a "low hill" in the ride, WGRZ-TV reported. An initial investigation found no obvious problems with the restraints. It has not yet been determined if his disability was the main factor of his accident, however it is speculated that this is the case. According to park rules, a rider without two fully functioning legs should not have been allowed to ride, meaning Hackemer and ride attendants ignored the rule, putting Hackemer's life in danger. State investigators faulted operator error as the cause of the accident and the ride was re-opened on July 22, 2011.