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Test dummies fly off roller coaster and onto a hotel roof during routine test; theme park says ride is still safe

New Jersey theme park insists the ride is '100 percent safe'

Gregg Henson
May 01, 2019 - 4:01 pm

A New Jersey theme park is assuring the public its rides are safe, after a pair of water-filled test dummies flew from a roller coaster and crashed onto a nearby roof during a recent test run.

On April 20, Playland's Castaway Cove on the Jersey Shore conducted a routine safety check on its GaleForce Roller Coaster, using water-filled dummies. According to the park's vice president, Brian Hartley, the dummies contained undetected leaks, which caused them to lose their shape and flop off the ride.

The dummies landed on the nearby roof of the Ebb Tide Suites hotel, causing damage that was quickly repaired. No people were injured in the mishap.

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