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Ultimate Rollercoaster

May 18, 1999

Passenger Falls From New Roller Coaster at Six Flags Darien Lake

Darien Center, NY -- On Sunday, a passenger riding the newly opened Superman Ride of Steel roller coaster at Six Flags Darien Lake fell out of the train falling 15-feet.

Michael Dwaileeae, 37, of Orleans was transported to Erie County Medical Center where he remained in stable condition. Dwaileeae suffered only minor injuries.

The attraction was immediately closed following the accident so an investigation into what caused the accident could begin. Park officials said that the new coaster would remain closed until the investigation was complete.

Early Monday, inspectors from the state, park and ride manufacturer were on site to try and recreate the incident. According to reports their attempts failed.

According to park officials, the lap bar, which is designed to keep passengers in the train, appeared to be working and they have no idea of how the accident happened. Officials did state that the rider's weight, estimated at about 300 pounds, might have been a factor.

The new coaster opened to the public Saturday and is advertised as the tallest roller coaster in the east. The 200-foot plus hypercoaster was designed by Intamin AG of Switzerland and reaches speeds of more than 70 mph.