Steel Dragon 2000 est fermé au public depuis le 23 août 2003 suite à un accident. Deux trains s'étaient rentrés dedans lors du retour en gare. Le sort du grand huit reste pour l'instant indéterminé.
Source : Parkfunworld
Steel Dragon 2000 loses wheels, causes injuries
Monday, August 25, 2003 4:42 AM ET | contributed by kRaXLeRidAh
Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spaland halted suddenly Saturday, seriously injuring one passenger and another person at a nearby pool. The accident occurred when the first car of the coaster ran off the track and halted about 8 meters above the ground. The coaster can climb as high as 97 meters. A college student was seriously injured after hitting her back when the coaster came to a sudden halt.
Steel Dragon 2000 derails, 2 injured
(Saturday, August 23, 2003) - At Nagashima Spaland in Nagashima, Japan, two people were left seriously injured after the front car of a roller coaster's train lost several of its wheels and derailed. The accident happened on the Steel Dragon 2000 roller coaster. The wheels disengaged from the right side of the front car shortly after the ride had opened for the day.
One rider suffered a broken hip. A man who was in a nearby swimming pool was also injured when one of the wheels which had disengaged from the vehicle struck him.
Park officials say that no problems were found with the ride during routine inspections earlier in the morning.
"We are sorry for those who got injured in the accident. We examine the roller coaster every morning. No problem was found when we checked the vehicle on that morning. We are determined to prevent a recurrence."
The ride was manufactured by D.H. Morgan Manufacturing of California. It opened three years ago. It is currently the world's longest roller coaster and one of the fastest, reaching top speeds of 95 miles per hour.
Polices are investigating.