Zoomerang (Lake Compounce)

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For the defunct roller coaster at Alabama Adventure, see Zoomerang (Alabama Adventure).
Zoomerang
Zoomerang.jpg
The old color scheme used from 1997-2011
Lake Compounce
Coordinates 41°38′35″N 72°55′23″W / 41.642960°N 72.922946°W / 41.642960; -72.922946Coordinates: 41°38′35″N 72°55′23″W / 41.642960°N 72.922946°W / 41.642960; -72.922946
Status Operating
Opening date June 27, 1997
General statistics
Type Steel – Boomerang
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer Vekoma
Model Boomerang
Height 116.5 ft (35.5 m)
Length 935 ft (285 m)
Speed 47 mph (76 km/h)
Inversions 3 Track Inversions, Turns riders upside down 6 times.
Duration 1:48
Capacity 760 riders per hour
G-force 5.2
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Zoomerang at RCDB
Pictures of Zoomerang at RCDB

Zoomerang is the name of a steel roller coaster located at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut. It uses the boomerang design. Zoomerang is one of the forty-five functioning boomerang style roller coasters in the world. They all feature a cobra roll and a loop, but the Lake Compounce Boomerang was the first boomerang to receive a Vekoma designed train. Early models used trains designed by Arrow Dynamics. After the coaster finishes its cycle, it runs in reverse. In September 2007, the ride was repainted with a new color scheme. The track was painted purple and the supports were painted teal. Zoomerang inverts riders a total of six times but there are only three inverting features on the track.[1]

Incidents[edit]

On June 14, 2001, just a day after an employee was decapitated while weed-cutting under the coaster Boulder Dash, investigators determined that the mishap on the Zoomerang roller coaster at Lake Compounce amusement park in Bristol, Connecticut was caused by a sensor malfunction. The sensor failed to communicate properly with the rides automatic braking system, allowing the train of cars to continue on its own energy until it came to rest in a section of track 60 feet in the air, in the low point of the rides Cobra Roll. Twenty-six passengers were left stranded in their seats until firefighters evacuated the ride. None of the passengers were injured.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zoomerang, Lake Compounce". ultimaterollercoaster.com. 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014.