The Dangers of Long Hair on a Hair-Raising Ride


coasterRoller coasters are supposed to be scary, but they aren’t supposed to actually be dangerous.

In August 2003 Doug McKay was working at the Island County Fair at Whidbey Island, Washington. His job was to spray lubricant on the roller coaster’s tracks. Unfortunately, his long hair got caught in one of the coaster’s cars as it sped by.

The speeding coaster pulled McKay along to a height between 25 and 40 feet before scalping him and dropping him to his death. source

Fabio, shortly after suffering a bird strike while on a roller coaster.
Fabio, shortly after suffering a bird strike while on a roller coaster.

McKay was not the first long-haired man to have an unfortunate encounter with a roller coaster.  On March 30, 1999 supermodel Fabio was invited on the inaugural run of Busch Gardens’ new roller coaster, Apollo’s Chariot. Just as the riders began a 70 mph descent, the car collided with a flying goose. The bird hit the front of the car before its body flipped upward, striking Fabio in the face, causing a large cut across the bridge of his nose.

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