One Hell Of A Ride! Roller Coaster Decapitates Deer, Sprays Riders With Blood
On Saturday, one unlucky deer met an abrupt end at the hands of a speeding roller coaster car.
Several passengers on the Ultimate in Lightwater Valley, the longest steel roller coaster in Europe, were splattered with blood as the train decapitated a wild deer that had wandered onto the tracks.
The Ripon, England, park staff was immediately called to clean up the mess. The coaster resumed its service soon afterwards.
A spokesperson for Lightwater Valley told press that this isn’t the first time an animal has found its way into the amusement park.
The ride was thoroughly checked and then normal operation resumed… There is a large perimeter fence surrounding the theme park but occasionally wild animals do manage to stray onto the park during the night.
The train car instantly killed the animal, and a 12-year-old boy was taken to the hospital.
The roller coaster, which opened in 1991, reaches speeds of 50 mph.
A collision with the train’s cars would have much the same outcome for animals as a car accident. It’s a reminder that safety is of the utmost importance when speed and dangerous heights are involved.