The Roller Coaster That Made People Pass Out



On April 2, 2010, the roller coaster Intimidator 305 was opened at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. Immediately, changes had to be made. On the initial run, some riders experienced problems on the first drop due to overwhelming G-forces produced in the ride’s design. Riders reported symptoms of blacking out and a brief loss of vision. To lower the number of occurrences, Kings Dominion reduced the coaster’s maximum speed by temporarily installing trim brakes on the first drop. The coaster’s first turn was redesigned, resulting in a wider turn radius and fewer G-forces. The 5,100-foot-long ride accommodates 32 riders, and once the train crests the top of the lift hill, it descends down the 300 foot, 85-degree drop, reaching speeds of 90mph.