Superman – Ride of Steel

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Superman - Ride of Steel
Superman - Ride of Steel (Six Flags America) 03.JPG
Superman - Ride of Steel's final airtime hill
Six Flags America
Park section Gotham City
Coordinates 38°54′31″N 76°46′38″W / 38.9085°N 76.7771°W / 38.9085; -76.7771Coordinates: 38°54′31″N 76°46′38″W / 38.9085°N 76.7771°W / 38.9085; -76.7771
Status Operating
Opening date May 13, 2000 (2000-05-13)
Darien Lake
Coordinates 42°55′44″N 78°23′22″W / 42.9288°N 78.3894°W / 42.9288; -78.3894
Status Operating
Opening date May 15, 1999 (1999-05-15)
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Intamin
Model Hypercoaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 197 ft (60 m)
Drop 205 ft (62 m)
Length 5,400 ft (1,600 m)
Speed 73 mph (117 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:10
Max vertical angle 68°
Capacity 1100 riders per hour
Height restriction 54 in (140 cm) (Min.) 76 in (190 cm) (Max.)
Flash Pass Available at Six Flags America
Superman - Ride of Steel at RCDB
Pictures of Superman - Ride of Steel at RCDB

Superman – Ride of Steel is a steel hyper roller 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.

Accidents[edit]

  • 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.[1] A similar incident resulting in death occurred at Six Flags New England in 2004,[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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,[5] 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.[6]

Rankings[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 20[7] 16[8] 13[9] 12[10] 18[11] 23[12] 14[13] 17[14] 28[15] 26[16] 40[17] 43[18] 38[19]


Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best Steel-Tracked Roller Coaster
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Ranking
8
6
11
13
9
12
17
19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rider thrown from new Darien Lake roller coaster". Rideaccidents.com. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  2. ^ "New England: Massachusetts: Coaster Death Report". New York Times. 2004-05-08. Retrieved 2006-07-31. 
  3. ^ "Army amputee ejected from roller coaster, dies". NBC News. 2011-07-09. 
  4. ^ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43692529/ns/us_news-life/t/army-amputee-ejected-roller-coaster-dies/#.T56PFdXNnct
  5. ^ "Darien Lake safety regulation placard". 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  6. ^ "Ride of Steel Reopens, Darien Lake Officials Answer Questions About Tragedy". WKBW TV Buffalo. 2011-07-22. 
  7. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. August 2001. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Top 25 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 7B. September 2002. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 14–15B. September 2003. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 18–19B. September 2004. Archived from the original on April 3, 2007. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2005. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 26–27B. September 2006. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 11 (6.2): 36–37. September 2007. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 12 (6.2): 36–37. September 2008. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 13 (6.2): 32–33. September 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 14 (6.2): 34–35. September 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 15 (6.2): 38–39. September 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Top 50 steel roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 16 (6.2): 36–37. September 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  19. ^ "2013 Top 50 steel Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 17 (6.2): 34–35. September 2013. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 

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