Big dummies flew off Jersey Shore rollercoaster and crashed on hotel roof

During a test ride of the GaleForce rollercoaster at Playland’s Castaway Cove in Ocean City, New Jersey, two dummies flew out of their seats and crash-landed on the roof of a nearby hotel.

The theme park's vice president Brian Hartley blamed the accident on the dummies and says that the rollercoaster is "100 percent safe." From NBC10:

Hartley said the dummies had leaks that went undetected and they lost their mass and shape, causing them to fall.

“Obviously it’s not something that would ever happen with a person in it,” Hartley said. “You know you don’t lose rigidity in a person. The lap bar comes down. You’re secured in there.”

The rollercoaster remains in operation.

(image: Martin Lewison, CC BY-SA 2.0)