- Montreal's La Ronde had scheduled retirement of the famous Super Manège roller coaster yesterday.
- The ride was built in 1981 and yesterday was the last chance to ride the coaster before it was replaced.
- The last ride ended up being more frightening than fun after a passenger's safety harness broke during ascent.
La Ronde is having a rough go when it comes to the end of their summer 2019 season.
UPDATE: This article has been updated with a response from La Ronde.
Just last week they dealt with an incident while a film crew was on-site to shoot a movie. Two actors and two crew members were riding the La Ronde Ferris wheel when the weight of the film equipment* caused the gondola car to flip over, leaving the guests of the park dangling about six metres in the air. No one was injured and emergency responders were able to quickly get the film crew members to safety, but it still wasn't a shining moment in the park's history.
Now, on the very last day that La Super Manège was scheduled to run, TVA Nouvelles is reporting that a passenger's safety harness broke on the ascent of the coaster, tripping the ride's safety sensors.
The ride was inaugurated in 1981 and was set to give its last ride yesterday... which I think we can all agree at this point is a fantastic decision.
La Super Manège was actually the first ride at La Ronde to go upside down, with a maximum speed of 65 km/h and reaching 22.9 metres in height.
The plan is to replace the ride by next summer and La Ronde will be releasing details about the new coaster later this week.
There are currently no details about the passenger whose safety harness broke, only that the ride did come quickly to a stop as soon as the safety sensors were triggered.
The safety harness malfunctioned or "broke off," according to TVA Nouvelles, during the ascent of the coaster.
This tripped the safety sensors which caused an emergency stop of the coaster.
Passengers were then evacuated from the area to continue to their visit to the park, albeit on different rides.
In a statement La Ronde explains that "safety sensors on Super Manège stopped the coaster during the initial ascent. All guests were safely escorted off the ride and continued with their visit."
"The safety of our guests is always our highest priority and the ride will be closed for a thorough inspection. It was the last operating weekend of Super Manège. It will be replaced by a new ride in 2020 and the unveiling will take place on August 29."
We can be grateful there were no injuries... and perhaps grateful, as well, that the coaster is slated to come down, as it has clearly seen better days.
Hats off to the safety features that are the true hero of the day here.
La Ronde will announce details surrounding the new coaster slated to replace La Super Manège this August 29th, 2019.
*This article has been updated.