Watch: World’s Fastest-Accelerating Roller Coaster Closes After Riders Break Bones
Japan’s Do-Dodonpa roller coaster, known as the world’s fastest-accelerating roller coaster and the fastest in Japan, is closed until further notice.
The roller coaster is one of many attractions in Japan’s Fuji-Q Highland, a theme park located at the foot of Mount Fuji. Do-Dodonpa can reach speeds of 111.8 miles per hour and can go from zero to 111.8 miles per hour in just 1.56 seconds — “super death” acceleration, according to the theme park’s website.
The world’s fastest-accelerating roller coaster has shut down indefinitely after riders reported several injuries when on the ride between December 2020 and August 2021. CNN reports that four people have sustained injuries, including a cervical fracture and a thoracic spine fracture. A link between the ride and the injuries has not been confirmed yet.
A press release by the theme park explains that “‘Do-Dodonpa- Fastest Roller Coaster’ will be suspended for the time being from August 12, 2021 (Thursday) due to a safety overhaul.’
Do-Dodonpa, the world’s fastest-accelerating roller coaster, also has the world’s largest loop with a 130.2-foot diameter at 164 feet above ground.