Roller Coaster Death
July 10, 2011 by USA Post
Roller Coaster Death, Teams of inspectors were examining a 208-foot high roller coaster amusement park after a U.S. Army veteran who lost his legs to a roadside bomb in Iraq a few years ago it was thrown to his death.
Sgt. James Thomas Hackemer was expelled from the rollercoaster ride of steel at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, about 30 miles east of Buffalo, where he had been at a family reunion. The wounded veteran missing all of his left leg and most of his right leg and had to return forever to his parents’ home in Gowanda to rebuild their lives after years in and out of rehabilitation in hospitals around the northeastern United States.
Security authorities and a park spokesman declined to say how much the trip Friday night Hackemer rollercoaster accident occurred. It was unclear whether participants in the park had thought of it except for the trip because of lack of members.
Family Hackemer said probably not wearing prosthetic legs when he was thrown from the ride.
Park officials on Saturday refused to answer questions about the accident, citing the ongoing investigation. The Department of Labor, which has authority to regulate amusement parks, and researchers in the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, arrived on the scene.
A Labor Department spokesman confirmed the agency was investigating but said it would release information even in the circumstances of the accident.
A dozen family members, including one of her sisters, Jody Hackemer, accompanied Hackemer, 29.
“He was determined to ride every roller coaster,” he said. “That minute was on that trip, he probably felt happier and more normal than most has been felt in three years.”
Hackemer climbed the mountain with a college-age nephew, Ashton Luffred. Family members who gathered at the home of Hackemers “said Saturday that the boy was too upset to speak to a reporter.
But another sister Hackemer, Marks Catie said Luffred attendees said the park did not challenge the desire of disabled veterans to travel on the mountain.
“It is no objection,” he said. “It’s not a question.”
People without both legs are excluded from at least two other coasters in the park, Motocoaster and Predator.
Rules posted on the website of the town for the ride of steel customers that “the true proportions of the body” may not be able to ride it. The site also suggests that customers try to use a test seat at the station house of the mountain is.
Passengers are carried out in a bar that is through their legs.
The park’s website describes the ride of steel as one of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River and said to reach speeds above 70 mph.
The design of the mountain has been discussed earlier.
In 2004, a man with cerebral palsy died when he fell from a roller coaster ride of steel Superman, which has the same design, a Six Flags amusement park in Agawam, Mass. officials of the State ultimately blamed a tour operator for not checking the constraints.
In 1999, a passenger who fell from his seats at the Darien Lake Mountain and broke several ribs. Investigators later concluded that the lap bar restraint was not pushed down enough to lock properly due to the large man.
The roller coaster and the surrounding area were closed after the death Hackemer Friday night. Other areas of the park remain open, and customers came back on Saturday morning. There was no word on whether the roller coaster race again on Sunday.
Hackemer was badly wounded in 2008 by a warhead called armor penetration explosively formed penetrator. In an interview with The Buffalo News this year, described the consequences of the attack, a confusing where he lost a huge amount of blood, had two strokes and was in a coma for six weeks in a series of hospitals.
Blood loss caused brain damage. Then had to relearn how to eat and speak.
“I had to learn all the basic skills of me again,” said the newspaper.
Finally, after returning home, he said, his parents had built ramps around the house and were trying to make you feel comfortable. He said he never felt normal again, but after all there hard work felt like he was “very close”.
Hackemer married a fellow of his unit, Sgt. Alycia Hackemer, who was pregnant with her second daughter of the couple when their vehicle was hit. The couple later divorced. Two girls were Hackemer theme park Friday with his aunts and cousins.
Hackemer Jody said her brother had recently returned from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he was fitted with new prosthetic legs. She said it was believed that the prosthesis in the roller coaster.
“This gives us peace in this moment with all this is that we have Santiago in the last three and a half years when we were told would not survive, we were told to never wake up, it would be a vegetable,” she said. “And they overcame that and surpassed it as a family. So I see in the last three years as a blessing.”
The death was at least second in the last couple of months in the parks in the Northeast. In early June, an 11-year-old on a school trip to Mariner Morey Pier in Wildwood, New Jersey, fell about 150 meters from the top of a Ferris wheel and was killed. A report on the restrictions found the ride to work correctly, and researchers have been able to determine how the girl, traveling alone, left the gondola Ferris wheel.
The Darien Lake Theme Park Resort said his prayers were with friends and family Hackemer.
“We are all broken heart over this tragic accident and continue our support of both family and research,” said general manager of the park, Chris Thorpe, in a statement.
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