Bounce house bursts in Idaho; 6 children injured
(July 27, 2013) - At a picnic in Boise, Idaho, six children were injured when an inflatable bounce house burst
and collapsed on top of them.
Girl seriously injured on river rapids ride
(July 23, 2013) - At Walibi Holland theme park in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands, a 10-year-old girl
was seriously injured on the park's El Rio Grande river rapids ride when she attempted to exit her
raft as it entered the loading station. According to reports, the girl, who may have attempted to
exit the raft before the proper time, got her leg got caught between the raft and the edge of the
UPDATE: The injuries she sustained to her lower leg required that her foot be amputated.
Coroner: Texas Giant victim fell 75 feet
(July 23, 2013) - The 52-year-old woman who was ejected from the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas
theme park on Friday fell 75 feet, struck a metal support beam, then landed on top of a metal tunnel structure,
according to a report from the Medical Examiner's Office in Tarrant County, Texas. The woman was sitting in the
third row of seats and fell shortly after the cars had begun to descend the ride's first drop, which is a steep
The autopsy revealed that she suffered multiple traumatic injuries and extensive trauma to her torso.
The official cause of death is still pending.
The ride remains closed pending the results of the park's internal investigation. As a precaution, Six Flags
has also closed the Iron Rattler, a similar steel-hybrid roller coaster at its Fiesta Texas park in San Antonio.
"While the cause of this tragic accident is still unknown, one thing is clear: roller coasters that hurtle
riders at extreme speeds along precipitous drops should not be exempt from federal safety oversight.
A baby stroller is subject to tougher federal regulation than a roller coaster carrying a child in excess
of 100 miles per hour. This is a mistake." - Sen. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts
Woman killed in fall from Texas Giant roller coaster
(July 19, 2013) - A 52-year-old woman was killed in a fall from the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas theme park
in Arlington, Texas.
One witness, who was seated two rows behind the victim during the ride, claimed that he and the other riders watched
the victim "fly off" the ride. Other witnesses reported that upon boarding the ride, the woman, whose body size was
large, voiced her concern that the restraint bar did not seem to lower into a position that made her feel secure.
In an interview with CNN, amusement ride safety consultant Bill Avery said, "As a general rule, it [restraint bar]
needs to fit snugly near your waistline, above the top of your thighs, so it can hold the passenger in regardless
of what kind of forces are applied, and where they’re applied, on the human body."
Representatives from German-based Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, the company that manufactured the ride's vehicles,
are expected to arrive at the park on Monday, when they will begin their investigation with an inspection of the ride.
Police have ruled out any possibility of foul play, so the investigation now rests solely with Six Flags, since
Texas is one of 17 states with no agency responsible for inspecting amusement rides, according to NBC News.
In an interview with NBC News, independent amusement ride inspector Ken Martin stated, "There's absolutely no federal
oversight, no state investigative oversight or any local investigative oversight."
The Texas Giant was built in 1990 and opened as the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world. In 2010, the ride was closed for
modifications. It reopened in 2011 as a steel-hybrid roller coaster, meaning that it consists of a wooden structure and a steel
track. It is now billed as the world's tallest steel-hybrid roller coaster. It reaches a maximum height of 153 feet and a top
speed of 65mph.
A similar incident occurred on May 16, 1999. A 37-year-old man was ejected from the "Superman Ride of Steel" roller
coaster. While he suffered only minor injuries, park officials said that the weight of the rider, which was in excess
of 300 pounds, could have been a factor.
Another similar incident occurred on May 1, 2004. A 55-year-old man was killed after falling from the "Superman Ride of
Steel" roller coaster at Six Flags New England theme park in Agawam, Massachusetts. An investigation into his death
concluded that he should not have been allowed on the ride because the large size of his body prevented the ride's
safety restraints to secure him properly. The ride's safety restraints were redesigned, and the modified ride
reopened a month later. As a result, many large guests who had been able to ride before the modifications were
no longer able to ride. The same modifications were also made to similar roller coasters at Six Flags parks in
New York and Maryland. (The manufacturer of the Ride of Steel coasters is not the same as that of the Texas Giant.)
Six Flags Over Texas Statement (7/19/13):
We are deeply saddened to share that earlier this evening an adult woman died in the park while on the Texas Giant.
Park medical staff and local paramedics responded immediately. Since the safety of our guests and employees is our number
one priority, the ride has been closed pending further investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends
during this difficult time.
Six Flags Over Texas Statement (7/20/13):
We are committed to determining the cause of this tragic accident and will utilize every resource throughout this process.
It would be a disservice to the family to speculate regarding what transpired. When we have new information to provide, we
will do so. Our thoughts, prayers and full support remain with the family.
Minor injuries reported after Cedar Point Park ride accident
(July 19, 2013) - At Cedar Point Park theme park in Sandusky, Ohio, seven people were treated for minor injuries
after an accident on the park's Shoot the Rapids ride. Witnesses said that the accident happened as the boat was
heading up the first lift hill. It somehow rolled backward to the bottom of the hill, then turned over on its side.
According to one witness, "You could literally see the boat flip over."
Bystanders rushed into the water to help riders escape.
The ride has been shut down pending an investigation.
Cedar Point Park statement:
On Friday, July 19 at 6:42 p.m., ride operators stopped the Shoot the Rapids ride after a boat rolled back down the lift hill.
Cedar Point Police, EMS staff, ride operators and several park guests immediately responded and helped passengers exit the boat.
All seven guests on the boat were transported to Cedar Point’s First Aid Station. Six of the guests were evaluated and treated by
Cedar Point EMS Staff and released. One guest was transported to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio, for additional
evaluation. The safety of our guests is our number one priority.
Cedar Point officials are currently investigating the incident and have reported it to state of Ohio officials. Shoot the Rapids will
remain closed until park officials and inspectors from the state of Ohio complete their review. No further information is available
at this time.
Kids hit by part of Zipper ride that flew off
(July 18, 2013) - At the Jackson County Fair in Central Point, Oregon, a small piece of metal somehow fell off a Zipper ride and
hit two children who were standing nearby the ride. One child was struck in the face and received a small laceration. The other
child was subsequently struck by the part, but was not injured. Both were taken to the fair's first aid station.
The ride was shut down pending an inspection and possible repair.
The fair rides are managed by Funtastic Shows of Portland.
In November, 2010, two girls were struck by a 2-inch trolley wheel that flew off a Zipper ride at a carnival
in Ladson, South Carolina. They were waiting in line in front of an adjacent ride at the time of the accident.
Neither of them was seriously injured.
Roller coaster car collides with teen who entered restricted area
(June 20, 2013) - A 16-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition after he entered a restricted area around a roller coaster
and was struck by one of the ride's cars. The accident happened on the Crazy Mouse roller coaster at the Red River Exhibition in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
After he exited the ride, the teen scaled a six-foot fence in an attempt to recover a hat that he lost while riding the roller coaster.
"There's a reason why we have that fence there, and if you jump it, then bad things happen," said Garth Rogerson, the fair's CEO.
The ride was shut down immediately, leaving several passengers stranded on the ride for about an hour, until workers brought them to safety.
UPDATE: The ride, which is inspected daily, reopened on June 21 after investigators determined that there were no structural or mechanical faults.
Three people shocked while waiting in line for ride at carnival
(June 8, 2013) - At a carnival in Bellaire, Ohio, three people were shocked when an electrical wire came loose and touched the metal guardrail that surrounded the ride,
according to witnesses. Two victims were treated at hospitals and released, but the third victim, an 8-year-old boy, remained hospitalized in critical condition. He was
leaning on the guardrail at the time of the accident.
The carnival was operated by Desher Amusement.
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Riders rescued from Ferris wheel after mishap
(June 1, 2013) - A Ferris wheel mishap left 17 riders stranded in their seats at a carnival in Altavista, Virginia. Witnesses say that the ride's motor stopped suddenly,
allowing the wheel to spin backwards and forwards temporarily. As a result, a few passengers suffered minor injuries caused by impact with the safety bar.
Workers used a cherry picker to bring passengers to safety. No one was seriously injured.
The ride is operated by Fun Time Amusements of Danville, Virginia. It passed several recent inspections.
'X-Scream' ride collapses at fair; 11 injured
(May 31, 2013) - A spinning ride that lifts a tilted platform with standing passengers into the air collapsed mid-ride at a fair
in Cambridgeshire, England. Witnesses said that they hard a loud noise, then watched the ride's platform bounce up and down before
it crashed into its loading position at the platform.
Eleven people were injured, including an 13-year-old boy who suffered a fractured arm and ankle. Twenty-five people were aboard
the ride when it failed.
According to reports, the owner of the ride believes that the accident was a result of a chassis problem with the trailer
on which the ride is mounted.
The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.
Modern Midways, Inc. faulted in Ring of Fire malfunction
(May 24, 2013) - Florida state officials who investigated a March 19 carnival ride accident that injured three children
have concluded that the ride was not properly maintained, and that its owner, Modern Midways of Illinois, operated the ride
with a known defect.
The accident happened in Lehigh Acres, Florida on March 19. A malfunction on a looping ride called the Ring of Fire caused
the 20-passenger vehicle to stop suddenly at the bottom of the loop. Three girls suffered cuts and bruises.
The accident caused so much physical damage to the structure that investigators could not determine the exact cause of the
accident. Investigators were, however, able to reach many other significant findings:
"Photographs were taken of the ride showing numerous trolley axle nuts not tightened with one axle missing set screws and
worn axle parts. An inertia ring track wheel showed cracking and separation of wheel material. Another wheel was found
to have the grease seal missing and the bearing cage broken away from the bearing assembly. Examination of a section
of inertia ring showed the structure ball used to connect sections together was severely cracked around its perimeter
and not tight in its fixture. One end of a inertia ring connection point was found to be ripped apart and torn open.
A closer examination of the area showed a rust line across the metal surface indicating a prior crack which could have
led to the separation of the ring."
Investigators also concluded that "a comprehensive and thorough maintenance program was not being carried out."
According to the report, "The Bureau [of Fair Rides Inspection] reviewed ride inspection history for the Ring of Fire
(USAID#07704) revealing that the ride was originally permitted on October 24, 2004, to Midwest Midways operated by
Frank Briggs. On October 20, 2011, the ride was permitted to Modern Midways operated by Mr. Brigg's son, Robert Briggs.
Past history of the ride shows that deficiencies were identified at each set up inspection site since acquisition in 2004.
The deficiency numbers increased after the ride was permitted to Modern Midways in 2011m with over half the deficiencies
identified pertaining to the components of the inertia ring and train undercarriage. At twenty three different locations,
inspectors recorded deficiencies including but not limited to inertia ring cracks, inertia ring safety cables not
installed, missing inertia ring safety cable clamps, inertia ring safety cables installed incorrectly, missing fastener
nuts, inertia ring trolley axle wheels and train wheels missing or in bad repair. At one site it was noted that ten inertia
ring axle wheels had missing ball bearings, grease seals, or were not installed correctly. Also noted at three
separate inspection locations train axles were found to be bent or broken with train wheels missing. Stop operation
orders were issued at these locations since repairs could not be completed. On January 25, 2013, the ride was
issued a stop operation order for numerous deficiencies which include but are not limited to a bent axle under the
train, ten track wheels in bad repair, and oil leaking from the drive assembly. A return inspection was requested by the
company six days later revealing that the ride was still not ready for patron use. The inspector conducting this
return inspection spend another four hours on location identifying similar deficiencies noted several days earlier."
The report concludes: "Based on the information obtained during the investigation as outlined in this report, it
appears that Modern Midways, Inc. has violated the following Florida Statutes: 616.242 (19) (a) 1 (a) - An amusement
ride has operated or is operating with a mechanical, structural, or electrical defect that affects patron safety,
of which the manager has knowledge, or, through the exercise of reasonable diligence, should have knowledge."
Click here to read the report in its entirety.
Another bounce house mishap injures 17 children
(May 23, 2013) - Seventeen elementary school students suffered minor injuries in a bounce house
during an indoor school celebration in Algonquin, Illinois.
Boy, in coma after fall from carnival ride
(May 19, 2013) - A five-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition after an amusement ride called the
Frisbee tossed him 30-feet to the ground at a carnival in Highfields in Queensland, Australia. The boy suffered
serious head injuries, including a skull fracture.
Workplace Health and Safety is investigating. According to reports, the child is seven inches shorter than the
ride specifications' minimum height requirement.
UPDATE (June 27) - The boy returned home from the hospital and is expected to fully recover from his
injuries. The investigation continues.
Woman injured in fall from fair ride
(November 10, 2012) - At the Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport, Louisiana, a 20-year-old woman was thrown about 20 feet from an amusement ride called the Fun Factory.
She was hospitalized in intensive care with broken bones and internal injuries.
The Fun Factory is a whirling ride operated by Sky Attractions; it was manufactured by KMG of the Netherlands.
Girl thrown from fair ride
(November 3, 2012) - At the Hollowell Steam Rally and Heavy Horse Show in Northampton, England, a 9-year-old girl was ejected from a whirling amusement ride
and thrown 15 feet into a metal fence surrounding the ride. She was hospitalized with internal injuries and later released.
The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.
Another Windseeker ride stalls; riders stranded for hours
"It basically got stuck."
- Knott's Berry Farm spokeswoman Jennifer Blazey
(September 19, 2012) - At Knott's Berry Farm theme park in Buena Park, California, a circular swing ride called the
Windseeker stalled, leaving twenty people stranded 300 feet in the air for nearly four hours. Park officials said
that the ride's safety system engaged, causing the ride to come to a complete stop.
The evacuation, which took three hours and forty minutes, is one of the longest on record for any amusement ride.
Riders were given a free t-shirt.
On September 7, the same ride stalled and left 15 people stranded for about three hours.
In July, the Windseeker ride at Carowinds theme park in Charlotte, North Carolina stalled and left
25 riders stranded hundreds of feet in the air for nearly three hours.
In June, the Windseeker ride at Cedar Point Park in Sandusky, Ohio left 29 riders stranded 150 feet in the air
for more than an hour when it stalled.
All six of the Windseeker rides operating at parks throughout the Cedar Fair chain
were ordered closed temporarily by Cedar Fair, pending an internal investigation.
UPDATE: It has been determined that the ride system was not defective and that the stalls were not caused by
a design flaw or other flaw. The ride systems were found to be operating as designed.
Park worker crushed in fatal roller coaster accident
(September 8, 2012) - At an amusement park in Koriyama, a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan,
an accident on a steel roller coaster claimed the life of a park worker. The employee suffered fatal injuries
after somehow becoming pinned underneath the front car of the ride's 36-passenger train.
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Woman injured on ride at state fair
(September 3, 2012) - At the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, Nebraska, a woman was struck
by a decorative panel hanging from a whirling ride called the Rock & Roll. She was treated
at a hospital for head lacerations.
Man injured in fall from zip line
(September 2, 2012) - A man was injured in a 35-foot fall from a zip line platform at a site
in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, operated by Sky Valley Zip Tours. The accident happened while
he was being lowered from a platform and is not believed to have been a free fall, according to
Carnival worker killed underneath spinning ride
(September 1, 2012) - At a carnival in Brentwood, New York, a 22-year-old ride operator suffered
fatal injuries when he was struck in the head by the whirling arm of an amusement ride called the Scat.
Witnesses said that the victim, who had been working with carnival operator Zorlenzan Amusements for
less than a month, made his way underneath the ride while it was in motion. It is believed that he
was attempting to make adjustments to the ride's sound system.
He was rushed to a local hospital, where he died hours later.
The New York State Department of Labor is investigating. The ride passed inspections before and after
the accident and was found to be in proper operating condition.