Below is an article from ultimaterollercoaster.com reporting on the Superman accident
"August 6, 2001
Trains Collide on Superman Ride of Steel at Six Flags
Agawam, MA – Two trains on the Superman Ride of Steel roller coaster at Six Flags New England
collided Monday afternoon injuring 19 passengers.
The accident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. (EDT) when an inbound train completing
the circuit failed to stop in the brake run and continued into the loading station
striking another train. The train sitting in the station was stopped for boarding
According to reports at least 19 passengers were transported to area hospitals
to be treated for back and neck strains. A fire department spokesman reported
that there were no serious injuries.
Six Flags first aid personnel immediately responded to the scene to treat passengers
while paramedics were called to the park. It was reported that ten ambulances
transported guests to area hospitals for further examination and treatment.
In a statement park officials confirmed the immediate closure of the attraction
and stated that they will conduct an investigation to determine the cause. It
is the first known accident on this roller coaster.
Superman coined a "hypercoaster" for its layout of large drops for speed, bunny
hills for airtime, high-speed helixes and no inversions was designed by Intamin
of Switzerland. The coaster stands 208-feet, has a 221-foot initial drop, a top
speed of 77 mph and 5,400 feet of steel track.
Intamin designed the coaster to use a state-of-the-art magnetic braking system
to slow and stop the two 36-passenger trains.
This was the second-year of operation for the Superman coaster at Six Flags New
England that has become the park's flagship attraction. Last week the coaster
was rated the number two steel coaster in the world in a survey conducted by industry
trade-journal Amusement Today.
Two similar roller coasters also designed by Intamin operate under the same name
at Six Flags America (Largo, Maryland) and Six Flags Darien Lake (Buffalo, New
York). It is unknown if Six Flags will close those coasters while they investigate
this accident. "
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Below is an article from South Coast Today reporting on the Superman accident
"19 injured in Superman coaster crash
By Adam Gorlick, Associated Press writer
AGAWAM -- Two cars on the Superman Ride of Steel roller coaster at the Six Flags
New England park collided yesterday afternoon, injuring at least 19 people.
According to a statement by park officials, the injuries did not appear to be
serious. They expected "a few more" people to be taken to hospital as a "precautionary
The statement did not specify to which hospitals the injured were being taken.
Mike Kintner, a spokesman for Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, said it
had received 10 of the injured. He said he had been told other patients were taken
to Mercy Hospital in Springfield and Holyoke Hospital.
"The majority of patients seem to be having minor injuries," Kintner said.
The hospital was told that 16 people were being taken to hospitals from the park.
Kara Sala, a spokeswoman at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, said the hospital
received seven victims, ages 13-19. She said they all are in good condition.
Holyoke Hospital said they received three victims. The hospital did not report
Fire officials also said that all the injuries appeared minor; however, 10 ambulances
had been sent to the scene, said Agawam firefighter Bill Barber.
Ariel Rosenthal, 17, visiting from Israel with his family, was in line for the
ride with his sister and parents when the accident happened.
As one train was leaving the platform to begin the ride, a second train pulled
in behind it, slamming into the first train, Rosenthal said.
"It sounded like a big balloon popping. There was some smoke and I saw blood
on someone's face," he said.
Justin Lin, 20, of Brookline, was waiting in line and a friend of his was in
the car that was struck from behind. He said the second car was going about 30
mph to 40 mph and was not braking when it struck the first car.
"It just came flying in," he said. "There was no braking at all."
The park remained open yesterday afternoon, but the ride, one of the park's seven
roller coasters, was closed. The Superman ride had opened in May 2000.
The accident is the second on a roller coaster in a New England amusement park
in the past two weeks, and the fourth this season.
Five people were injured on July 27 when two cars collided on the Yankee Cannonball
roller coaster at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H. That accident was blamed on
A park maintenance worker was killed June 13 when he was hit by the Boulder Dash
roller coaster at the Lake Compounce amusement park in Bristol, Conn.
The next day, the Zoomerang roller coaster at that park failed to stop at the
correct location, and 26 people were stuck for more than 90 minutes before firefighters
were able to bring them down.
The 5,400-foot Superman Ride of Steel roller coaster has a maximum height of
208 feet and reaches speeds of up to 80 miles per hour, according to the Six Flags
Source: South Coast Today - www.s-t.com