Worlds fastest roller coaster forced to close after breaking riders bones

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The fastest roller coaster in the world has been forced to close following reports of adrenaline junkies shattering bones on the ride, which goes from 0 to 112mph in 1.56 seconds.

The terrifying ride has left at least six riders with shattered bones – with four claiming to have broken their neck or back.

Situated at the Fuji-Q Highland Park in Japan, 'Do-Dodonpa' was built in 2001 and reaches "super death" speed.

But now, operation of the roller coaster has been suspended until further notice due to the injuries reported.

On 17 August, the incidents were reported to the authorities and were said to "stun" officials.

Despite being in operation for two decades, the park said the ride has only recently caused riders to break their bones.

In 2017, the ride was modified to go from 106mph to 112mph, and there were no reports of serious injuries until December, representatives of Fuji-Q Highland said.

Following an investigation, no technical issues were found on the ride.

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Sansei Technologies, the company which manufactured Do-Dodonpa, has apologised to those injured – but has also said it has no idea what caused the injuries.

Naoya Miyasato, an architecture professor from Nihon University who studies roller coaster designs, said accidents that result in broken bones are unheard of.

“Roller coaster designs must all abide by government-approved standards, so the fact that there are multiple similar accidents is unusual,” he told VICE World News.

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"If a rider can't withstand the acceleration, then they sustain injury, which could be what's happening here.

"If they detected no serious concerns with the actual ride, then it could be the way people were sitting.

"But if a person was sitting incorrectly, say with space between their backs and their seat, it's the responsibility of the park employees to check their seating position."

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In a similar case, two children were injured and eight casualties were treated by paramedics after a rollercoaster derailed at a theme park in Scotland.

Screaming passengers were left in tears after two carriages hurtled off the tracks at Landmark Adventure Park in Carrbridge.

One witness said the theme park was "packed" at the time of the horror incident and the "crash" caused people to start "running away" from the site.

Shocked families reported hearing a loud bang and screaming at 11.30am.

An eyewitness told The Scottish Sun: "I heard a big bang and screams.

"People were coming off crying and then the fire brigade came."

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