The local theme-parks here are being wise, they have all shut down similar rides and checking the inner workings.
Several years ago, at one of the Lake Tahoe ski resorts, at the end of the day, Ski Patrol found a pulley-wheel laying in the snow at the foot of one of the lift-posts.
They of course reported it to the managment.
The very next day, the lift jammed, causing one chair to bump into another one; two brothers fell 30 feet or so to the snow, but one landed on top of the other one, killing him.
The resort was sued out of business and was bought-out by a larger company.
This is one of the few incidents where I actually agreed with the tort-liability concept: the management company operating the faulty lift should have shut the thing down and inspected every single fitting on the entire lift before re-openeing it, and also reviewed their maintenance procedures.
That is only prudent management, you know?
Very similar to the nightmare crash of the Alaskan Airlines flight from LA to San Francisco about ten years ago, where a lazy maintenance mechanic failed to lubricate the jack-screw assembly of the rudder controls, because it was a messy job. The assembly froze in place, causing the plane to perform wild in-flight maneuvers, including flying upside-down for a time, before the plane ultimately nose-dived into the sea. The gyrations lasted about 45 minutes as the pilots desperately tried to control the plane.
What a wild horrible flight for everyone on board!
Anyway, Alaskan Airlines wisely shut down every plane, and checked every bit of maintenance on every one of them, before putting them back into the air. Prudent!
I bet 6 Flags, if indeed they are in financial difficulty, had cut back on the maintenance. If so, the upper level management will also be charged with manslughter, and go to prison, as well they should, if indeed that was the case.
Dan, who also understands that hindsight is 20 - 20