Knott’s Berry farms’ Xcelerator ride will be shut down until further notice while investigators try to figure out what caused a cable to snap and injure two people on the ride.
Orange County Fire Authority paramedics arrived immediately on the scene Wednesday when the accident occurred. There were 9 people on the ride at the time but fortunately only two were injured; a twelve year old boy was treated for a leg laceration and the other person complained of back pain. The two injured were taken to nearby hospitals but were expected to be released soon.
All rides at Knott’s Berry Farm, including Xcelerator, are inspected daily. The cable in question was replaced last December and according to the cable’s manufacturer is supposed to be good for one year. The ride has a drop of 205 feet and reaches a top speed of 82mph.
It is unusual to have a failure for an unexplained reason. In serious accident cases, an investigation by an Orange County personal injury attorney usually is a necessary, as company investigations may not be thoroughly neutral and unbiased. Have you or a loved one been injured at an amusement park? Call a California injury lawyer to decide what to do in your individual case. Jim Ballidis at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie always offers a free consultation.