Towers is a popular amusement park with a number of roller coaster rides,
situated in the Devon countryside. For
the summer season, the owners of the park bought and installed a roller coaster
ominously named “Death Rattle,” which was the fastest in the world, containing
the largest number of ‘loops’ in Europe.
‘Death Rattle’ was widely advertised and it attracted thrill seekers in
their thousands. Fallty Towers made an
enormous profit from tickets for this ride.
month after the roller coaster was unveiled, things went wrong. On 5 July, one of the carriages came to an
unscheduled stop at the top of a loop.
The ride supervisor managed to stop the whole sequence of rides and
after restarting the system, all the carriages were brought back to safety. Nobody suffered any injuries, but passengers
on the roller coaster got a big fright as they were stationary for more than 5
Towers reimbursed all the customers who were on that ride and gave them all a
complimentary meal and season tickets as an apology for their
inconvenience. Fallty Towers also
promised to look into the event to see what went wrong and to prevent it from
happening again. However, they never did
this, and all that was done was a quick glance at all the components of the
structure by the ride supervisor.
few weeks later, on 25 July, one of the carriages again got stuck at the top of
a loop. Riders were trapped, hanging
upside down. This time, the ride could
not be stopped and the carriage following the stuck carriage crashed into it at
full speed. Jason, a 22 year old student
who was the last rider in the first carriage, lost both of his legs due to the
impact. Jason’s mother Emma was watching
from the ground and saw the accident happen.
Although she was in no danger of injury herself, due to the shock of
seeing her son’s legs being amputated in the accident, she developed Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder.
later transpired, after an investigation that Fallty Towers had omitted to
properly maintain the roller coaster.
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