One of Z’s favorite rides at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk reportedly started falling apart on Monday. Apparently the entrance ramp/door to the Cyclone opened while in motion and banged into the interior ride a few times before the ride-op could shut it completely down. Although news reports are full of quotes like “[t]he door flew off and almost killed my daughter“, and my personal favorite- “You could tell it (the ride) was pretty much out of control and coming apart,” Hogan said. “The door itself came apart and went flying over to where the kids were. One boy dove out of the way just in time to avoid it crushing him or cutting him in half… It was a horrifying event“, there is, in fact, no evidence that a single part of the ride actually detached at any point. Despite all of the fear-mongering going on, not a single person was seriously injured. The 9 year old boy with a hurt leg and his mother declined further medical attention after being seen by paramedics on the scene. In other words – no blood, no foul.
These rides are complicated devices designed with safety as a top priority. Every ride at the Boardwalk is inspected every morning. And, according to local news channel KTVU–
Tuesday, a Cal-OSHA spokeswoman said that the cyclone ride has no history of trouble and it had passed inspection by state investigators at least three times this year: in January, February, and most recently on July 10th.
There has not been a single serious injury at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk within anyone’s memory. The most comprehensive website devoted to collecting news stories of amusement park incidents (rideaccidents.com) doesn’t have a single entry related to the Boardwalk. And, once again, despite the sensational headlines and outlandish statements from frightened eyewitnesses there has not yet been a single piece of evidence released to indicate that any parts or pieces came off the ride and “flew” towards anyone.