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Inspectors finds 'shortcomings' at Knotts rollercoaster, allows it to reopen

Xcelerator roller coaster at Knott's Berry Farm

State officials have allowed Knotts Berry Farm to reopen the Xcelerator, seven months after an accident injured two riders,.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) performed a final inspection earlier Monday of modifications made by Knott’s to the ride after the Sept. 16 accident and determined the ride was safe to operate, officials said.

The state found the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions for the ride confusing, officials said, making it unclear if the cable should be inspected monthly or every six months. Knott’s was inspecting the cable every six months instead of every month as the manufacturer intended, officials said.

In a statement, the theme park said the state’s report “identified shortcomings in the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the inspection and maintenance of the cable” and that Cal/OSHA had “required Knott’s Berry Farm to put into place additional safeguards to determine cable viability and to work with the manufacturer to revise maintenance instructions.”

“Ride safety is our highest concern at all times,” said Knott’s spokeswoman Michele Wischmeyer.

Read the full story here.

--Brady MacDonald

Photo: Xcelerator roller coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm. Credit: Knott’s Berry Farm.

Comments () | Archives (9)

I think safety is key but the coaster should not have been open till all involved in the operation of the ride are educated on how to operate the ride successfully.

That roller coaster looks like a death trap.

Malfunctions happen. They happen in cars. They happen in appliances. They happen in computers. Malfunctions are bound to happen in these huge machines regardless of how well they are maintained and monitored. Human error adds to the equation. Sorry, you take your chances when you buy the ticket. I don't care if its a huge amusement park like Knotts or a some rinky dinky county fair. Rider beware.

Give me a free pass and I'll ride it right now!

Becky, I tend to agree with your comment but have you been to Knotts lately? The employees there are barely out of high school (or still in it) and could care less about the actual job. Training at Knotts would be an interesting sight to see as it appears 90% of the employees got their training from a crackerjack box. Same goes for the staff that cleans the restrooms there.

Knott's Berry Farm sucks.

good keep knotts rolling they got history

I love Knotts! I will be back soon!

"good keep knotts rolling they got history"

They are ripping out all the history in favor of concrete and roller coasters.


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