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Freak Rollercoaster Accident In Mexico City Kills Two And Injured Dozens Others

A speeding rail car on a roller coaster flipped over mid-ride at the famous Mexican amusement park, “Feria de Chapultepec”,  last Saturday afternoon. The accident happened on the popular Chimera rollercoaster at the amusement park in Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City.

According to SUUMA Voluntarios (Universitary System of Medical Urgent Care), two people were killed and three more were injured when the roller coaster jumped its track and plunged toward the ground. An additional six riders on the roller coaster were treated for shock

Mexico City’s attorney general’s office confirmed that two men, aged 18 and 21, died of head and other injuries when the last car on the ride derailed at La Feria. Two women were also hurt.  

A video shared on social media appears to show one of the carriages coming off the tracks.

Notimex reported that eyewitnesses told local media that the accident happened when the carriage hit a metal structure that was also part of the ride and the victims fell to the ground after the impact. Eyewitness Rosalba Rodríguez told reporters there was nothing out of the ordinary about the ride, which had completed a few loops, until she saw the last carriage fall.

The park was closed after the accident, and prosecutors are already investigating the cause, to find who was responsible.

The amusement park was closed soon after the incident, and authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. “This is now in the hands of prosecutors, and prosecutors have already taken the necessary steps for an investigation,” Miriam Urzúa, an official from the civil protection organization, told Reuters news agency. She said the investigation would be looking into both, what happened, and who was responsible. 

Ulises Lara López, spokesman for the citie’s attorney general’s office said that preliminary investigations indicate a mechanical failure caused the car to come loose and fall 10 meters (33 feet) above the ground. Authorities are treating the incident as a case of negligent homicide. 

The fair said it “deeply regrets the terrible accident” and that they too will investigate alongside the relevant authorities.

The message posted to the amusement park’s Facebook page, informed users that its priority is to offer all the support the victims and their families require at this time. “The safety of our visitors is a priority for La Feria de Chapultepec, which is why we will be suspending activities at the park, to provide the proper attention and follow up of protocols, safety measures and maintenance of our installations—which are routinely subjected to inspections of both national and international standards”. The park’s statement concluded by offering its “deepest condolences to [the] families [of those who died] and reiterate that they have all our support.”

The “Quimera” rollercoaster in Chapultepec Park, now “La Feria” can be spotted from afar in the capital. The ride features three nearly vertical yellow and red loops visible from major highway, Periférico. The decades old coaster, like many rides in La Feria, was featured at other parks around the world before finding a home in Mexico City. The tragic accident comes a few months after two were killed and dozens were injured when a swinging amusement park ride broke free and crashed to the ground in India in July.

While amusement park rides are generally safe, understanding the types of risks involved can further lower your odds of an accident.

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions’ (IAAPA) yearly safety reports, 1.7 billion rides in the United States resulted in 1,343 injuries in 2008, of which 80 required overnight hospitalization. While amusement park rides are generally safe, understanding the types of risks involved can further lower your odds of an accident.

Mechanical failures are rare, thanks to the intense inspections that rides undergo. Nonetheless, if a ride looks rickety or unstable, or if any part of your seat seems loose or broken, skip the ride. Pay attention to signage and verbal instructions from the ride operator. Keep your feet on the floor, face forward with your head back against the headrest and stay fully seated. Brace yourself with your hands. Tie back long hair and place loose items in a locker.

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

Pokémon fans in Latin America are mourning the death of Diana Pérez, the Spanish-language voice of Jessie of Pokémon’s Team Rocket. The voice actress has been voicing the character since 1997.

Diana Pérez, the voice actress of Team Rocket’s Jessie, died at 51.

Lalo Garza, a famed voice actor in Mexico, confirmed the death of the Pokémon voice actress.

“Rest in peace Diana Pérez, a strong, cultured, intelligent, and very talented woman. You are good now, friend. Nothing hurts anymore. Have a good trip,” reads the tweet.

Pérez has been a staple in the Spanish-language Pokémon fandom for decades.

Pérez was more than just he voice of Jessie. The voice actress was the voice of multiple anime characters including Luffy in One Piece and Kagura in Inuyasha. In recent years, Pérez had started branching out to directing, producing, and other branches in the entertainment industry.

Pérez’s death is being mourned by Pokémon fans outside of the Spanish-language fandom.

Sarah Natochenny is the English voice of Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon series, Jessie’s mortal enemy. The death of Pérez has impacted the larger Pokémon community. Pérez was a pivotal part of the Latin American Pokémon community for decades and her loss has devastated fans.

Descansa en paz, Diana.

There have been no plans announced for a replacement to voice Team Rocket’s Jessie. No official cause of death has been released either. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Pérez’s family and the greater Pokémon community mourning her passing.

READ: I Was Today Years Old When I Found Out This Mexican Pokémon

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This Mexican College Student Is Going Viral For Breeding the Largest Bunnies In the World

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This Mexican College Student Is Going Viral For Breeding the Largest Bunnies In the World

Photo via yakinkiro/Instagram

Look out Bad Bunny. There’s another breed of bunny in town that’s taking the internet by storm. A college student in Mexico recently went viral for the oddest thing. He has genetically engineered a strain of rabbits to be the largest in the world.

21-year-old Kiro Yakin has become a viral sensation after internet users have seen him with pictures of the giant bunnies he genetically engineered.

Yakin, a student at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla on the Xicotepec campus, is studying veterinary and animal husbandry. He began his experimentation by breeding two unique rabbit types together. The Flemish Giant rabbit and other, longer-eared bunnies that Yakin happened to notice. As a result, his monster-bunny was born.

According to Yakin, his experimental bunnies grow up to 22 pounds  Flemish Giant, while the average Flemish giant weighs 15 pounds. But make no mistake, Yakin’s bunny experiment was no accident. “It takes an average of 3 to 4 years to reproduce this giant species,” he told Sintesis.

Yakin’s ultimate goal is to breed a rabbit that can grow up to 30 pounds. “I am currently studying genetics to see how to grow this breed of giant rabbits more,” he said.

Yakin, who has had a soft spot for rabbits since he was a child (pun intended), now cares for a whopping fifty giant rabbits out of his parents’ home.

Luckily, his parents are supportive enough of his dream that they support their son (and his bunnies) financially. “I have the financial support and support of my parents to buy food a week for all 50 giant rabbits,” Yakin told Sintesis.

But he also admitted his project has a long way to go. “So far I have not set aside the time or budget that is required to start the project more seriously,” he said.

The only thing that’s preventing Yakin from committing all his time and energy to creating even bigger bunnies is–what else?–money.

Photo via yakinkiro/Instagram

Although he already submitted a proposal to his university to try and expand his research, as of now, he is self-financed. However, Yakin makes a bit of extra cash by selling the giant bunnies to private customers.

His ultimate goal though, is to open up a large, professional farm where he can breed and cross-breed his bunnies to his heart’s content.

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