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Friday, July 2, 2010

Yet Another Bay Area Roller Coaster Accident

Posted By on Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 8:30 AM

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One bizarre and disfiguring roller coaster accident at a local county fair is odd enough. But two? In a week?

Just days after a ticket-taker at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair inexplicably wandered into the path of the "Wacky Worm" ride and suffered a severed leg, that very same model of roller coaster yesterday malfunctioned at the Alameda County Fair, injuring seven riders.

To be fair, the June 24 accident involved not a mechanical malfunction but a worker's error (the employee, who is still hospitalized, purportedly cannot remember the incident). That ride was subsequently declared safe by state inspectors and re-opened.

Parts required to fix the Alameda County Fair's Wacky Worm ride are expected to arrive today. The roller coaster will have to undergo inspections before re-opening; it is uncertain when it will re-open.

The fair's ride inspector, Barry Schaible, meanwhile just told KTVU-TV that roller coasters are "the safest form of transportation in America."

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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