Everybody likes the chills and thrills of a good rollercoaster, bungee cord or free fall ride. But a teen from Delaware got a little bit more than she bargained for.
The 14-year old teenager fell from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park Saturday night, tumbling into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered below in an effort to catch the victim before she hit the ground.
She was listed in stable condition with no serious injuries, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said. Her name has not been released.
Just how and why the young girl fell from the ride is uncertain at this time. The girl was riding the attraction with a younger relative and fell about 25 feet from a stationary two-person car, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. The ride was stopped by an operator after word was received that there was a rider in distress, officials said. She fell from the car and struck a tree before landing in the crowd, authorities said.
Officials inspected the ride and said it was in proper working order. The park said in a statement that the safety of guests is a top priority.
“There does not appear to be any malfunction of the ride, but we have closed the attraction until a thorough review can be completed,” a park official said.
The number of accidents/injuries from ride malfunctions have been steadily increasing at an alarming rate.
- On Saturday. a 10-year old boy a boy was flung from the bottom of Emerald Plunge ride at The Wave, before skidding across the concrete at a water park opening in Dublin, California. He managed to walk away with minor injuries.
- Caleb Schwab, 10, was killed at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City while riding on the “Verrückt.” Schwab died from being decapitated. The slide, which is billed as the world’s tallest water slide, will remain closed for the rest of the season, according to park officials.
- Three girls were injured after falling out of a Ferris wheel at a county fair in Greeneville, Tenn. Briley and Kayla Reynolds, ages 6 and 10, fell 35 to 40 feet from the Ferris wheel at the Greene County Fair, authorities said. They and their 16-year-old companion, whose name has not been released, were transported to Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn.
- An 11-year-old girl’s scalp was ripped off after her hair got caught on a carnival ride in Omaha, Neb., in May. Elizabeth Gilreath was on the King’s Crown ride when her hair was caught in the spinning mechanism. She was ripped around for five to ten minutes, according to her father, Timothy Gilreath, WOWT reported.
- In July 2013, Rosy Esparza fell 75 feet to her death while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas. Some questioned if her safety bar was completely fastened. The amusement park reached a settlement with the family in November 2014. The ride reopened that September.
- In June 2008, the Batman roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia killed a 17-year-old who entered a restricted area. Some believe he was trying to retrieve a lost hat. The coaster, traveling at 50 miles per hour, decapitated the teen.
- In June 2007, a 13-year-old girl had both of her feet severed when a cable snapped on the Superman Tower of Power ride at the Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville. Doctor’s were able to reattach Kaitlyn Lasitter’s right foot. Her parents reached a settlement with the park.
- In 1997, a teenage girl was killed and 32 people were injured when the Bonzai Pipeline slide at California’s Waterworld USA collapsed. A group of Napa High School teenagers were crowded on a waterslide in an attempt to break an annual record of how many students could go down at once, when the slide ripped apart due to the weight.
Sounds more like horror clips from the movies Final Destination 1 – 5.
I’m a definite lover of all things going fast and dipping low, but not at the risk of losing my life.
Safety and quality assurance must be Theme Parks and Carnival owner’s top priority.
Not who can make it taller, faster or scarier.
If you kill or injure your customers and make people afraid, whose gonna pay for those high prices entry tickets?