Worker struck by coaster at Knoebels during testing


Knoebels is hard at work trying to bring their newest  coaster, Impulse, online. Unfortunately,  the coaster could be pushed back as the park announced an unfortunate incident that took place Thursday morning. While the incident was not fatal, it was unfortunate and comes at a time when other high profile coasters are getting negative attention.


Thursday afternoon the official Knoebels Facebook Page announced the incident involving their new coaster, Impulse, and one of their employees:

This morning, one of our team members was on the ground during an Impulse test run and was stuck by a passing coaster…

Posted by Knoebels Amusement Resort on Thursday, 26 March 2015

Our thoughts and prayers go to the worker and their family for a speedy and safe recovery. While this incident could still have a happy ending, it comes amid other high profile incidents on coasters.
On Tuesday, riders in the Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure had to be rescued by firefighters after being stuck on the coaster for 40 minutes. No one was injured, but the story made national news.

Wednesday signs and metal detectors were spotted on Universal’s Rip Ride Rockit coaster. The presumption is that there have been issues with items in pockets falling out, putting guests in danger below. While the step may hold up the line, isn’t waiting an extra fee minutes worth the safety of everyone?

The incident at Knoebels could have a negative effect on the coaster, but at the same time, there’s no reason it should. The coaster is still undergoing tests to prevent this exact thing from happening.
While incidents on coasters do happen, they are extremely rare, yet they get huge amounts of attention.
There’s no word on delays, if any, the coaster will face, but it’s better to make sure all are safe and the coaster is running as it should.

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