Aug 062008

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 ( 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.

  5 Responses to “Cyclone Door Accident At Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk”

  1. i am 😯 that the ride cyclone broke at Santa Cruz on Monday and i am 🙁 for the boy that got hurt ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ is Santa Cruz still their are all the other rides safe to go on can you still go to Santa Cruz ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓ ❓

  2. wear the police and fire department and ambulance their at the sine of the cyclone ace dent

  3. Welcome to Philaahzophy, Michael!

    Yes, all of the other rides at the Boardwalk are still operating and perfectly safe. This won’t curtail our regular visits to the Boardwalk one bit.

    As shocking as this story is, the key is that no one got really hurt, just scared.

    The police, fire and paramedics were not sitting on scene, but arrived i na timely manner.

  4. My daughter was in the ride and while there were no serious injuries it was a scary situation. i don’t know if you would call it a door but the steps you walk up to board the ride and then close once everyone is on did in fact open( i thought by not being secured) and did detach from the ride after slamming into the ground or fixed part of the ride and went airborne about 10-15 feet and land on the ground. people did scatter because parts obviously came off from the steps prior to the steps coming off themselves.

  5. How did this occur if i dont see any door on this ride?

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