Last week, Port Aventura in Spain opened up their newest coaster, Red Force. The coaster launches riders at speeds of over 100 mph up a 367 foot hill. Unfortunately, the ride already has a casualty: a bird.
During the launch, a bird flew into the coaster’s path and was struck by the neck of a rider in the front row. Based on the rider’s reaction, he appears to be fine. But the bird is most likely dead.
This is not the first time a roller coaster has killed a bird on its opening weekend. Back when Busch Gardens Williamsburg opened Apollo’s Chariot, supermodel Fabio suffered a cut on his nose after a bird struck him on the ride’s main drop. The train returned to the station with a Bloody Fabio. The ride was later equipped with sprinklers to ensure that no more birds flew into the coaster’s path…
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