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Extreme Roller Coaster in England Rips Limbs Off Crash-Test Dummies

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Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you that I love riding roller coasters. The adrenaline rush you get when you go zooming down an incline or spinning around on loop-de-loop is fantastic. But as much as I love roller coasters, there’s no way I’ll be getting on this one in England.

Thrope Park in London has just unveiled its latest addition: a winged roller coaster dubbed “The Swarm.” The ride lets the passengers’ arms and legs dangle freely as they fly through the air at over 60 miles an hour, with a few close encounters that give the illusion that you’re about to go crashing into a wall. The ride is set to open later this month, but has already garnered attention by reportedly ripping the limbs off of crash-test dummies during a test run. Reportedly, several fighter pilots also took a test ride, (with all of their limbs still intact) and even they stepped off the ride a little shaken up.

‘I am a self-confessed adrenaline junkie but even as a pilot used to G-force there were some gut-wrenching moments, and I have to admit the near miss element is eye-watering – you really do feel as if you are going to crash into the structures,’ he said.

On second thought, maybe I’ll just stick to Ferris wheels and carousels. At least those won’t take your arms off in the middle of the ride.

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