Japanese theme park shuts roller coaster after passengers sustain ‘bone-breaking injuries’

A roller coaster in Japan capable of hitting speeds of up to 112 miles per hour is being shut down after passengers sustained injuries.

The ride remains suspended indefinitely pending an investigation into whether injuries sustained by passengers were linked to the ride.

A press statement released by the park on August 20 states that the roller coaster will be closed “due to a safety overhaul.”

The statement says that four passengers have reported being injured on the ride between December 2020 and August 2021 and adds that “currently, the causal relationship between injuries and amusement machines has not yet been confirmed.”

According to the regional government in Yamanshi prefecture the four incidents were among men and women in the 30-50 age range. All had significant injuries, including a cervical fracture and a thoracic spine fracture, the latter of which can require up to three months in the hospital.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, theme parks across Japan have been open since June 2020. At the time, a directive urged roller coaster riders to “scream in their hearts” rather than out loud in order to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

Fuji-Q Highland was among the parks to take significant measures in limiting its visitors. The park, which is located at the foot of Mount Fuji, only reopened its outdoor attractions, which included roller coasters.

According to Fuji-Q, the coaster has 1,244 meters of track, with the top of its loop clocking in at 49 meters above the ground. There is currently no reopening date for the Dodon-pa roller coaster.