Amusement Park Injury Breaking News
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Parents sue park over son’s death
December 3rd, 2005 (bristolpress.com)
BRISTOL -- After attempts to reach a mediated settlement fell short, the parents of a 5-year-old Shelton boy who died when a massive tree limb fell on him during a visit to Lake Compounce in 2004, filed suit Friday against the nation’s oldest amusement park.
Ride attendant seriously injured on roller coaster
September 4th, 2005 (rideaccidents.com)
A ride attendant was seriously injured while working on the Cornball Express, a wooden roller coaster at Indiana Beach amusement park in Monticello, Indiana. He was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.
Teen drowns at Gillian's water park
September 2, 2005 (rideaccidents.com)
At Gillian's Wonderland Pier and Island Water Park in Ocean City, New Jersey, a 14-year-old girl drowned in a ten-foot-deep pool at the end of a water slide called Shot Gun Falls. She was unconscious when lifeguards pulled her from the water. Attempts to revive the girl were unsuccessful. The victim went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Woman thrown from Long Island amusement park ride; 2nd death this week
September 1st, 2005 (newsday.com)
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- For the second time in as many days, a person has died from injuries suffered at a Long Island amusement park, this one thrown from a ride and into a nearby parking lot, police and state officials said Thursday.
An unidentified 45-year-old woman was killed after being thrown from the Top Scan, landing in a parking lot next to the Adventureland amusement park, said a spokesman for the state Department of Labor, which oversees safety at amusement parks. The ride features rotating cars that spin in the shape of a pinwheel.
Ride operator dead after roller coaster accident
August 31st, 2005 (rideaccidents.com)
An 18-year-old amusement ride operator died from injuries he suffered late Tuesday when he was struck by a kiddie roller coaster car at Adventureland park in Farmingdale, New York. The ride, called the Lady Bug coaster, was unoccupied. An employee who witnessed the accident told police that the victim was leaning over the ride's track when the front car of the train struck him. His upper torso became pinned underneath the car, leaving his body dangling about two feet off the ground. Park workers were able free the victim by lifting the car off his body. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died early Wednesday morning.
Maintenance worker injured while repairing roller coaster
August 28, 2005 (rideaccidents.com)
At Magic Springs theme park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, a ride maintenance worker was seriously injured while he was working to repair a roller coaster. The man had been called to the Gauntlet, an inverted looping roller coaster, early in the afternoon, when the ride's computer sensors detected low air pressure in the brake system and activated the emergency brakes. The train, which consists of ten 2-passenger cars, stopped near the end of the ride short of the loading station, on a section of track that is 25-30 feet high. Park officials had to use a ground hoist to evacuate riders, all of whom were evacuated without incident. While the maintenance workers were assessing the problem, the train rolled forward, possibly after someone released the emergency brakes. The victim's legs got caught between the wheel assembly of a car and the tubular steel track of the ride. He was trapped for nearly two hours. Firefighters who responded to the scene used a metal cutting saw to cut away some of the wheels and the tubular track structure in order to free the man. The man remained conscious during the rescue, but reports indicate that he suffered severe trauma to his lower legs. He was airlifted to a hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.
3,100 Reported Ill From N.Y. Water Park
August 26, 2005 (newsday.com)
More than 3,100 people in 32 counties have reported being sickened with a gastrointestinal illness related to a state-run water playground, health officials said Thursday.
The Sprayground at Seneca Lake State Park closed Aug. 15, and officials continue to investigate how cryptosporidium ended up in two storage tanks that supply water for the park near Geneva.
Kiddie ride falls apart at carnival, injuring girl
August 26, 2005 (rideaccidents.com)
At the Piscataquis Valley Fair in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, a 7-year-old girl was injured when a kiddie boat ride called the Wave Runner malfunctioned. The ride consists of small boats attached to the ride's arms. The arms rotate, moving the boats around a circular track. Investigators say that the arm connected to the girl's boat became disconnected from the center of the ride. The victim's boat then stopped, but the boat behind hers kept moving. Officials say that the second boat collided with the victim's boat and nearly ran over it.
Carnival worker killed while setting up ride
August 23, 2005 (rideaccidents.com)
In Syracuse, New York, a 29-year-old carnival worker was crushed by an amusement ride he was working to assemble. The man was placing wooden stabilizing blocks underneath the structure of the Enterprise ride when the ride shifted and fell on top of him. Rescuers had to use a fork lift to free him. He was rushed to a local hospital where he died.
Boy, 11, falls out of Zipper ride
August 20, 2005 (rideaccidents.com)
At the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, Canada, an 11-year-old boy fell out of his car while riding the Zipper amusement ride. Witnesses say that the door of his car flew open as operators were loading other cars with passengers. The boy was left dangling 12-15 feet in the air, clinging to two padded bars attached to the inside of the door. Witnesses say they heard the boy screaming, "The door's open, the door's open!" He eventually fell, but his fall was broken by some fair workers. He suffered a chipped tooth and a scraped chin, and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
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