World’s Fastest-Accelerating Rollercoaster Placed on Hold After Riders Sustain Multiple Broken Bones

A rollercoaster located in Japan‘s Fuji-Q Highland Park, which known to reach “super death” speed, has reportedly come to a screeching halt due to multiple riders sustaining broken bone injuries from the ride. The ride is heavily regarded as the world’s fastest-accelerating design with its ability to go from zero to 112 miles per hour in just 1.56 seconds.

Specifically, Newsweek recently noted that “four people have broken bones” while Vice World News cites that at least six riders have bone fractures and four of them were injuries to the back and neck. Further details of the injuries have pointed out that those who sustained injuries were in their 30s to 50s. The neck and back injuries are considered to require possibly one to three months for a full recovery.

Vice spoke with architecture professor Naoya Miyasato of Nihon University, who believes that the issue stems from the ride’s literal breakneck acceleration. It is said that the acceleration is comparable to what astronauts feel during a rocket launch and for those who cannot withstand the quick acceleration, then the injury could be imminent.

Though the ride has been around for about two decades, the injuries are quite a recent occurrence. Miyasato explains it might be because of how riders are sitting, “If a person was sitting incorrectly, say with space between their backs and their seat, it’s the responsibility of the park employees to check their seating position.”

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