I've been on some rough rollercoasters in the past but this is definitely more than visitors have bargained for.
According to a New York Times story, the rollercoaster Do-Dodonpa at the Fuji-Q Highland Park in Japan was shut down after multiple riders complained that their broken bones were caused by the super-fast coaster.
The governor of Yamanashi, Kotaro Nagasaki, criticized the operators of the park, which is about 75 miles southwest of Tokyo, for failing to add safety precautions or to alert the government sooner.
"I think that if they had reported them earlier and taken appropriate actions, some accidents could have been prevented," Mr. Nagasaki said during a news conference on Friday.
Two women and two men in their 30s and 50s suffered fractures of the neck or backbone between December and this month, according to data from the Yamanashi Prefecture.
So, four people's neckbones and backbones were likely fractured due to the speed of the rollercoaster (up to 112 mph) and the possible negligence of those running the amusement park.
And before you ask, yes, this is the same theme park that created the idiotic slogan "Scream Inside Your Heart", when reopening during Covid-19, banning screaming on rollercoasters to try to prevent the spread of the disease.
Apparently, if you hold the scream in too tightly it could result in a broken neck.
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