Injury on 'Alpengeist' at Busch Gardens Europe

Rider with condition suffers multiple leg fractures

August 11, 2006 - CowCoaster214

Busch Gardens Europe, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA -

© Devin Olson
Warning: The ride states that riders with pre-existing medical conditions that may be affected by the ride, should not ride.

This evening at 5:30 p.m., a guest was injured while riding the roller coaster Alpengeist, at Busch Gardens Europe, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The person, who had pre-existing medical conditions (according to Busch Gardens Europe), got multiple fractures while riding the roller coaster, which lets the riderís feet dangle below the trains, since the track is above the rider.

Alpengeist roller coaster soars 195 feet above the ground, which makes it the tallest full-circuit inverted coaster in the world. It also reaches a top speed of 67 mph over its 3,828-foot course which delivers 6 heart pounding inversions. Alpengeist is said to be the greatest inverted coaster in the world, as well as one of the best steel coasters.

The injured person was flown by a nightingale to the Childrenís Hospital of the Kings Daughters because there was too much traffic to drive, and the only doctor that could treat him was there.

Alpengeist is not only one of the greatest steel coasters ever built, it is also located in one of the top-rated parks in America. It was built by Bolliger & Mabillard which is known for building very safe roller coasters.

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