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2 deaths at Lagoon in 1989.
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2 deaths at Lagoon in 1989.
From rideaccidents.com, "Sunday, April 30, 1989 - A 6-year-old boy died in an accident in Farmington, Utah after being struck by a roller coaster car which he had fallen from. The boy attempted to vacate his compartment after the ride had come to a stop past the normal boarding area. The operator decided to send the train around the track again, and as the ride restarted, the boy fell to the ground, which was less than four feet beneath the track. He climbed back up through the track and was struck by the car as it returned. Apparently, the operator could not have stopped the ride once the train had reached the top of the incline, as the ride was gravity-driven.

Sunday, June 9, 1989 - In an accident in Farmington, Utah, a 13-year-old girl was killed in a 40-foot fall from a roller coaster."

The first death sounds like puff but what roller coaster was the second one on?

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10-13-2007 07:36 PM
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Re: 2 deaths at Lagoon in 1989.
The second was the White Roller Coaster.
10-13-2007 09:59 PM
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Re: 2 deaths at Lagoon in 1989.
Yes, the first one was puff. He got himself out and got up through the tracks.
10-14-2007 11:53 AM
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Re: 2 deaths at Lagoon in 1989.
I had heard that the puff ride operator was severly tramatized.

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10-14-2007 05:32 PM
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Re: 2 deaths at Lagoon in 1989.
[quote author=JordanM link=topic=2378.msg18325#msg18325 date=1192388004]
Yes, the first one was puff. He got himself out and got up through the tracks.
10-15-2007 04:31 PM
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[quote author=JordanM link=topic=2378.msg18325#msg18325 date=1192388004]
Yes, the first one was puff. He got himself out and got up through the tracks.

A man would rather have a good scare over good advice.
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10-15-2007 07:46 PM
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skwid Wrote: I have said this before, and I will say it again: Both incidents were a tragedy and should not be taken lightly. The kid was not stupid, he was young and did not know better, he thought the ride was over and it wasn't, the operator did not see him stand up, and the train could not be stopped.
I know you don't like to discuss this Skwid, but I feel this must be said. When I was a Young Kid, Riding Puff, I knew that the Ride was over when the Lapbars were released, not when the train stopped. It was a Terrible Tragedy that I feel could have been prevented by proper parenting. Even after this accident, my parents never had any reservations about me going on any of the rides at Lagoon, cause it wasn't Lagoon, the Operator, or the Park Management's Fault. I can't imagine what it was like for you Skwid or the people you knew. I'm sure Six Flags Ride Operators can relate to your dealings with asshole parents; I'm sure they are sick of "This Ride Won't Cut My Feet Off Will It?"

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10-16-2007 10:14 AM
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Coaster Wrote: ...as the ride was gravity-driven.

Not possible to be stopped.
10-17-2007 03:54 PM
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The first incident occured on April 30, 1989 when Ryan Beckstead (not fair to leave victim's names out) was killed when he escaped from the restraints on the back seat of Puff and was struck by the train as it returned to the station.
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Re: 2 deaths at Lagoon in 1989.
The guy from the 1930s was an operator.
02-24-2008 05:06 PM
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