Once Eric Voelker and other Comet flight attendants have made sure passengers are safely buckled in and secured, the coaster car begins its 70-second acceleration. (photo: Jeff Wilkin/Gazette Reporter)
Acceleration is a celebration for Eric Voelker. “High five!” said Voelker, 23, of Lake George, as he secured a teenaged girl inside The Comet. Seconds later, the famous roller coaster at The Great Escape theme park in Queensbury began its slow click and clack, steep climbs, sharp drops and assorted twists and turns.