Tokyo: The world’s fastest rollercoaster, Do-Dodonpa located at Fuji-Q-Highland in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan can hit top speeds of 172km/h in just 1.8 seconds which has shut down after several riders broke their bones. The title fastest roller coaster in the world was given on 21 December 2001. It is designed and manufactured by S&S – Sansei Technologies.
Before Do-Dodonpa, the fastest speed record was held by Superman: The Escape and Tower of Terror. Many people who love thrill have been visiting the theme park to experience the ride which many have called the ‘scariest’ in the world. But now, rollercoaster enthusiasts will not be able to experience the high speeds, not for a while at least. Do-Dodonpa has now been closed to the public until further notice, because of multiple reports of riders breaking their bones due to this. Since December 2020, at least 6 riders have suffered bone fractures, according to reports.
The reports came as a shock to the fans and the owner because Do-Dodonpa had reported just one customer injury in the last 20 years. The only incident before 2020 December that raised concerns was on 15 May 2007, when a 37-year-old man sustained a minor injury after a plastic cover at the front of the train came loose and hit his right knee.