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Rollercoaster Accident Was Avoidable, Says State Inspectors

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A rollercoaster accident at Knott’s Berry Farm, in Orange County, that injured two people could have been avoided, say state inspectors, if the ride had been inspected more diligently.

Switzerland-based Intamin AG, the manufacturer of the Xcelerator ride, shares the blame because it didn’t explain how frequently the rides launching cables should be inspected, said The California Divison of Occupational Safety and Health.

Knott’s attempted to clarify the inspection schedule but never received confirmation from Intamin says, a spokesman for Cal-OSHA.

In September 2009, a cable on the steel rollercoaster snapped and cut a 12-year-old boy’s leg. Another man complained of back pain. At the time, the ride was three weeks overdue for its six-month inspection.

State officials have allowed Knotts Berry Farm to reopen the ride.