Apollo's Chariot

This location is notorious because of the famous incident on March 27, 1999 when Italian fashion model Fabio Lanzoni was hit in the face by a goose.  It was the coaster's first day of operation, and Fabio was there as a publicity stunt.  He was seated in the front car during the coaster's maiden voyage.  As the train reached this location, the front of the train hit the bird and the bird hit Fabio's face.  Since the media was there to cover the new coaster, they were able to photograph him as he returned to the station with blood covering his face thanks to a one-inch cut on his nose.  It looked awful, and the ladies sitting around him on the coaster, who all were dressed in white togas as part of the publicity stunt, found themselves splattered with blood.   I am not sure if the blood was Fabio's or the bird's, but it was a pretty grim scene as the train pulled back into the station.   Fabio required three stitches.

The park has taken steps to ensure that birds are not a threat to this coaster.  Currently, there are nets next to the track.  There is a water cannon (whose spray is barely visible on the left) that shoots right before trains pass by this section of track.  The introduction of certain fish and snapping turtles has also helped to drive away ducks and geese.

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