Twister (Emerson Edwards)

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Twister in 2010.
roller coaster
Emerson Edwards (UK)
Location Travelling
Status Operating since 2020
Lightwater Valley
Location Ripon, North Yorkshire, England
Operated May 2001 to 30 May 2019
Manufacturer Reverchon
Type Steel - Spinning - Wild Mouse
Model / product Spinning Coaster
Riders per train 4
Hourly capacity 900
Propulsion Lift Chain
Area 19 metres × 42 metres
Height13 metres
Top speed46.8 km/h
Length420 metres

Twister is a travelling steel spinning wild mouse roller coaster built by French manufacturer Reverchon currently owned & travelled by UK showman Emerson Edwards.

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Trains[edit | edit source]

Single car trains. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 4 riders per car. The tallest people are seated on the outside, while small people sit on the inside.

History[edit | edit source]

The ride first opened at Lightwater Valley in May 2001 and was named Treetop Twister, however this name was dropped after the incident in 2001. The ride was removed from the park after the 2019 season.[1]

Incidents[edit | edit source]

On 21 June 2001, 20-year old Gemma Savage died following an accident the previous day when two cars collided. Police decided not to prosecute a maintenance worker who claimed he had never seen the ride's manual, and had only had an hour's training. Faulty wiring also caused a malfunction on the ride.

In October 2004, Deputy Coroner John Sleightholme at Skipton Magistrates' Court ruled death by misadventure. Lightwater Valley's owners and electrician Eric Butters admitted breaching health and safety laws at Leeds Crown Court on 14 November 2006. Lightwater Valley Attractions Ltd. was charged with failing to ensure the health and safety of riders, Butters was charged with failing to ensure safety through his work. Both pleaded guilty. The ride's manufacturer, Reverchon Industries SA (France), was convicted of two charges of failing to ensure the ride's safe design and construction.

On May 30, 2019, a 7-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after falling from the roller coaster. While his injuries were initially not thought to be serious, his condition subsequently became critical. His condition has since improved and an investigation into the incident is underway.[2]

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