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

April 26, 2010 | 10:11 pm

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.

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--Brady MacDonald

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