2007 NEWS ARCHIVE

JANUARY

  • Two children suffer burn injuries on bumper car ride (1/5/07)
  • Riders say they slipped from fair ride (1/23/07)

    FEBRUARY

    MARCH

  • Two hurt while dismantling ride (3/13/07)
  • Carowinds employees injured in roller coaster test (3/18/07)
  • Officials investigating reports of accidents on carnival ride (3/24/07)

    APRIL

  • Two injured on Tilt-A-Whirl (4/8/07)
  • Sizzler accident kills 7-year-old (4/9/07)
  • Train car derails at Memphis Zoo; 10 injured (4/21/07)
  • Carnival worker injured in fall from Fire Ball (4/22/07)
  • Ride collapse injures 24 (4/29/07)
  • Park worker killed in roller coaster accident (4/29/07)

    MAY

  • Another inflatable ride blows away; 1 killed, 5 injured (5/3/07)
  • Roller coaster car derails, crashes; 1 killed, 19 injured (5/5/07)
  • Enterprise catches fire; 37 suffer burns (5/18/07)
  • Magnum XL-200 roller coaster trains collide at Cedar Point (5/26/07)
  • Another inflatable ride topples; 2 injured (5/27/07)
  • Disney World ride platform fails; 6 injured (5/29/07)

    JUNE

  • Boy drowns in wave pool at Wisconsin water park (6/8/07)
  • Water slide section collapses; girl rescued (6/8/07)
  • Inflatable tossed 50 yards offshore with 2-year-old inside (6/9/07)
  • Power outage leaves roller coaster riders stranded upside down (6/9/07)
  • Riders stranded for up to six hours atop Dollywood's 'Timber Tower' (6/16/07)
  • Roller coaster car derails at Geauga Lake (6/16/07)
  • Girl's feet severed on Superman Tower of Power at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom (6/21/07)
  • Six Flags, Cedar Fair shut down all Intamin drop towers (6/22/07)
  • Investigation focuses on cable (6/23/07)
  • Girl, 14, dies at Disneyland Paris after roller coaster ride (6/25/07)
  • Girl suffers critical head injury on spinning teacups ride (6/29/07)
  • Ride operator killed in Scrambler accident at Rye Playland (6/29/07)

    JULY

  • Ride operator killed in path of swinging pendulum ride (7/8/07)
  • Boy, 4, drowns in wave pool at Great America (7/12/07)
  • Girl, 16, falls to her death from freefall-type ride (7/14/07)
  • Park worker dead after fall from roller coaster (7/17/07)
  • Log flume malfunction injures 5 (7/22/07)
  • Police: Mind Scrambler operator knew victim was not seated properly (7/24/07)
  • Two children ejected from Sizzler (7/25/07)
  • Air Glory ride cited for 25 code violations; report suggests operator, not deficiences, to blame for death (7/27/07)

    AUGUST

  • Girl, 6, injured in fall from Octopus ride (8/3/07)
  • Girl, 15, injured in fall from Coney Island ride (8/3/07)
  • Boy, 3, injured in 25-foot-fall from Ferris wheel (8/4/07)
  • Two dead in carnival ride crash (8/4/07)
  • Carnival ride worker struck by ride (8/11/07)
  • Girl, 17, trapped underneath ride in attempt to exit before stop (8/12/07)
  • Ferris wheel catastrophe kills five (8/13/07)
  • Ferris wheel collapses; 15 injured (8/18/07)
  • Octopus ride accident injures two (8/18/07)
  • Man killed underneath inverted roller coaster (8/18/07)
  • Twenty evacuated from stalled roller coaster (8/25/07)

    SEPTEMBER

  • Teenager injured on Gravitron at Washington fair (9/8/07)
  • Car falls off fair ride (9/8/07)
  • Two thrown from fair ride in Dublin (9/17/07)
  • Teen struck by falling ride part (9/17/07)
  • Woman, 60, in critical condition after fall from Ferris wheel (9/28/07)
  • Roller coaster accident injures 6 at Oklahoma fair (9/29/07)

    OCTOBER

  • Riders complain of injuries after roller coaster mishap (10/6/07)
  • Carnival worker injured in fall (10/16/07)
  • Inflatable ride with three children inside blows away, hits fence, power line (10/20/07)
  • Log flume accident leaves 1 dead, 5 injured (10/23/07)

    NOVEMBER

  • Boy's clothing caught in Orbiter gears (11/22/07)

    DECEMBER

  • Another child killed in inflatable accident (12/15/07)
  • Riders complain of injuries after roller coaster cars collide (12/31/07)
  • Roller coaster strands passengers upside-down; wind blamed (12/31/07)


  • Roller coaster strands riders upside-down
    Shanghai Daily

    Roller coaster strands passengers upside-down; wind blamed

    (Monday, December 31, 2007) - At Wuhu Fangte Amusement Park in China's Anhui Province, 18 people were left stranded on a roller coaster for up to 30 minutes after high winds caused the ride's safety system to engage, stopping the ride's passenger cars as they passed through a loop. Some riders were seated in cars that stopped upside-down. The ride was inspected and found to be in safe operating condition. Six riders complained of dizziness or headaches, and were sent to the hospital where they were observed and released soon after.

    Park officials said that the park would suspend operations until all rides were inspected.


    Riders complain of injuries after roller coaster cars collide

    (Monday, December 31, 2007) - Thirteen people complained of minor injuries when a roller coaster jolted at a sudden stop. The incident happened on the Titan V roller coaster at Space World amusement park in Kitakyushu, Japan. A coupling between two of the train's six cars came loose, causing the slight collision.


    Another child killed in inflatable accident

    (Saturday, December 15, 2007) - At the Hoppin' Houses indoor playground facility in Castlerock, Washington, a 3-year-old boy was crushed to death by two adults who fell on top of him while they were playing on a bouncy castle-type inflatable attraction. The boy was at the birthday party of a relative. Reports indicate that the child may have fallen off of the attraction or was standing beside it when two adults landed on top of him. All three fell to the concrete floor. The death has been ruled accidental.

    The boy's mother was shocked to learn that Hoppin' Houses continued its schedule by hosting the next party immediately.

    UPDATE: Hoppin' Houses did not have a proper state permit to be operating and was ordered shut down on Monday.

    Statement from Hoppin' Houses owners Larry and Kim Hoff
    We are truly saddened and heart broken by the tragic death of Jacob Pierce and our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the Pierce family. We know it must be a tremendously heartbreaking, difficult period and we are deeply sorry for their loss. As parents of four children, we can only imagine how difficult it must be to lose your child so suddenly. No parent should ever have to endure this inconceivable grief. We realize the private party held a short time after the accident should have been cancelled (sic) and that it was not the best decision to continue the event. We sincerely apologize for this as to do anything that would be deemed insensitive would have been completely counter to our intent. Providing a fun and safe environment for children to jump and play has been the focal point of our business, our lives. However, we have closed the facility until further notice as a sign of willingness to assist everyone affected by this tragedy in working through this difficult time.


    Boy's clothing caught in Orbiter gears

    (Thursday, November 22, 2007) - A 10-year-old boy was seriously injured when his clothing became entangled in the machinery of an Orbiter ride at the Wings Over the Prairie Festival in Stuttgart, Arkansas. The boy was taken by helicopter to a children's hospital, where he was treated in the intensive care unit, then moved to the burn unit. Some news reports indicated the boy suffered two broken legs.

    Police investigators said that part of the boy's clothing "was entangled in the ride and his right leg was stuck between two pieces of metal attached to the ride.” Carnival workers had to remove two of the ride's seats and two pieces of fiberglass housing so that rescue workers could remove the boy from the ride.

    A relative of the boy said that it was the hood of the boy's sweatshirt or jacket that got caught.

    The ride passed inspections before and after the incident. It is operated by Miller Spectacular Shows.


    1 killed, 5 injured in log flume crash

    Log flume accident leaves 1 dead, 5 injured

    (Tuesday, October 23, 2007) - Two boats collided in an accident on the Indiana log flume ride at Siam Park in Bangkok, leaving one woman dead and five people injured. The collision happened after the power supply to the water pumps failed, leaving little to no water to cushion the boats at the end of their drop down the waterway slope. Witnesses say that the boats raced through the stop area and crashed. One woman was ejected from her boat.

    Investigators are focusing on two park workers who were supervising the water pump and generator. They have charged the two with recklessness causing injury and death.

    The ride was ordered shut down. Authorities are investigating.


    Inflatable ride with three children inside blows away, hits fence, power line

    (Saturday, October 20, 2007) - At a school carnival in Topeka, Kansas, a gust of wind lifted an inflatable slide from its anchors into the air, blew it against a fence and then into power lines. Three children were on the ride at the time; one was sent to a hospital with minor injuries.


    Carnival worker injured in fall

    (Tuesday, October 16, 2007) - While setting up rides for a carnival in Cocoa Beach, Florida, a worker fell 14-15 feet. He was sent to a hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.


    Riders complain of injuries after roller coaster mishap

    (Saturday, October 6, 2007) - At Six Flags America theme park in Largo, Maryland, 24 riders were left stranded ten stories in the air for up to two hours when the Two-Face roller coaster stalled. When the coaster train finally rolled back to the loading platform, some riders said it jolted to a sudden stop, leaving them with neck and back pain.

    No one was seriously injured.

    Park officials say that a safety sensor triggered the shut down.


    Wildcat roller coaster injures five at fair
    KOTV News, Tulsa

    Roller coaster accident injures 6 at Oklahoma fair

    (Saturday, September 29, 2007) - At the Tulsa State Fair in Tulsa, Oklahoma, six people suffered minor injuries when two cars collided in the loading station of the Wildcat roller coaster, also called Zyklon. Three children were taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment; two other children and one adult were treated at the scene.

    The ride was closed temporarily to allow for an inspection by Oklahoma Department of Labor officials, who determined that the ride operator failed to properly apply brakes. The ride was found to be in safe mechanical condition.

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    Woman falls from Ferris wheel at TN fair
    Photo: Mathew Star

    Woman, 60, in critical condition after fall from Ferris wheel

    (Friday, September 28, 2007) - At the Middle Tennessee District Fair in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, a 60-year-old woman was seriously injured when she fell from the top of a Ferris wheel. The woman fell 30 feet from the top of the ride and landed onto spokes near the center axle of the wheel. Rescue workers removed her from the ride and rushed her to a hospital. Initially, she was listed in critical condition, however she is expected to recover from her injuries, which include a broken collar bone, ribs and leg.

    Witnesses told investigators that the woman was standing up and waving inside the gondola when she fell.

    The ride was shut down as a precaution, and inspectors were expected to investigate.


    Teen struck by falling ride part

    (Monday, September 17, 2007) - At the Cullman County Fair in Cullman, Alabama, a 17-year-old man suffered minor injuries when a small part of an amusement ride either fell from the ride or broke off, then struck him. Witnesses said that the ride, called 1001 Nights, made a loud noise. The teen was not on the ride at the time.

    The ride is owned and operated by North American Midway Entertainment. A spokesman for the company said that the universal joint may be the part that broke, but the ride would remain closed until the cause was determined for sure, parts could be replaced, and the ride could be reinspected.


    Two thrown from fair ride in Dublin

    (Monday, September 17, 2007) - At a fair near Dublin, Ireland, a 28-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl were thrown from a high speed amusement ride. The woman was hospitalized in serious but stable condition. The girl was treated for minor injuries and released.

    The accident is under investigation.


    Car detaches from fair ride

    Car falls off fair ride

    (Saturday, September 8, 2007) - Two 14-year-old boys were seriously injured when their car came loose and detached from an octopus-type amusement ride at Beek en Donk in the Netherlands. They were taken via trauma helicopter to a hospital, where they were treated for serious injuries. Both victims are expected to fully recover.

    Investigators found no mechanical defects with the ride, and were expected to determine whether the car was properly attached to the ride, and whether proper inspections had occurred.


    Teenager injured on Gravitron at Washington fair

    (Saturday, September 8, 2007) - At the Spokane County Interstate Fair in Spokane, Washington, a teenage boy was injured while riding a Gravitron amusement ride. He hit his head on a metal part of the ride, and needed to staples in his scalp to close the wound.

    Witnesses say that the boy ignored safety warnings and climbed the walls of the ride while it was in motion. State investigators determined that the ride was safe and that the accident was the result of the victim's behavior.


    Twenty evacuated from stalled roller coaster

    (Saturday, August 25, 2007) - At Luna Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, 20 passengers were evacuated from a roller coaster after it stalled. The incident happened on a steel boomerang-type roller coaster called Anaconda, on which riders travel backwards and forwards through several inversions. The ride's train of cars stopped after it was lifted to the top of the ride. Officials say that the brakes jammed, leaving passengers stranded. After 40 minutes, riders were evacuated via a stairway that leads from the loading station to the top of the ride where the car was stuck. No one was injured.


    Man killed underneath inverted roller coaster

    (Saturday, August 18, 2007) - At Mirabilandia theme park in Ravenna, Italy, a man was killed after he was struck in the head by the leg of a roller coaster passenger. The accident happened on Katun, an inverted roller coaster that features cars that hang from an overhead track. The legs of riders hang below the seats during the entire course of the ride.The man was in a restricted area underneath the ride when he was struck.

    The girl whose leg struck the man was injured.

    The ride was shut down and officials are investigating.


    Spider ride mishap
    Phillipswi.com

    Octopus ride accident injures two

    (Saturday, August 18, 2007) - At the Price County Fair in Phillips, Wisconsin, a gondola dropped to the ground from an amusement ride called the Octopus. A man was ejected from the car and hospitalized with a broken back. His 9-year-old daughter was also injured. The ride is operated by Spectrum Entertainment. It had passed an inspection before the fair opened, however a spokesman for the company said that the part of the ride that broke was completely enclosed and could not be inspected visually.


    Ferris wheel collapses; 15 injured

    (Saturday, August 18, 2007) - A Ferris wheel collapsed at a fair in India, leaving 12 children and 3 adults with minor injuries. Witnesses said that the arms of the ride appeared to come loose.

    The ride operator was arrested. Police are investigating.


    Ferris wheel catastrophe kills five

    (Monday, August 13, 2007) - In one of the deadliest amusement ride accidents in modern history, five people were killed when a Ferris wheel car flipped upside-down at a fair in Busan, South Korea. The victims fell 65 feet. Four of them died at the scene and one died after being rushed to a local hospital. Among the victims were a 7-year-old boy and a 68-year-old woman. All of the victims were relatives.

    Two other passengers who were inside the car were able to cling to the ride's rim, 60 feet in the air, and were eventually rescued.

    The ride, called the Giant Wheel, reaches heights of 216 feet. It consists of 42 gondolas.

    Police are investigating.


    Girl, 17, trapped underneath ride in attempt to exit before stop

    (Monday, August 12, 2007) - At the Felixstowe Carnival at Langer Park in Suffolk (UK), a 17-year-old girl fell was injured when she attempted to exit a car on an amusement ride before it had stopped. Firefighters removed the car from the ride and freed the girl, whose foot was pinned underneath the car. The victim was taken to a hospital where she was treated for back injuries.


    Carnival ride worker struck by ride

    (Saturday, August 11, 2007) - At the Nevada County Fair in Nevada County, California, a high-speed whirling ride called Vortex struck a carnival worker in the head, knocking him unconscious for two minutes. According to witnesses, the man started the ride, then bent down to pick up a plastic cover that had fallen off one of the ride's lights.

    A helicopter transported the 30-year-old victim to a hospital, where he received some stitches and was released. He is an employee of Butler Amusements.


    Booster ride malfunction
    EuroNews

    Two dead in carnival ride crash

    (Saturday, August 4, 2007) - A 48-year-old man and his 21-year-old son were killed when an amusement ride car broke off a ride at a carnival in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. The ride, called the Booster, consists of a giant arm with two four-passenger cars at each end. The arm revolves vertically around an axis and reaches speeds of up to 55 miles per hour. The victims' car detached and slammed into the ground. Two other people who were in the car were seriously injured.

    The second car was carrying two riders, both of whom were uninjured. They were left stranded 118 feet above the ground for six hours until rescue workers were able to free them by cutting through the ride's safety bars.

    The ride passed a recent inspection.

    Police are investigating.


    Boy, 3, injured in 25-foot-fall from Ferris wheel

    (Saturday, August 4, 2007) - At the State Line Heritage Days festival in Dayton, Ohio, a 3-year-old boy fell 25 feet from a Ferris wheel and landed on pavement. He suffered a fractured skull and was hospitalized in critical condition, but was expected to recover.

    The Ohio Department of Agriculture is investigating.


    Coney Island Polar Express ride shut down
    WABC-TV News

    Girl, 15, injured in fall from Coney Island ride

    (Friday, August 3, 2007) - A 15-year-old girl suffered head and back injuries when she was thrown from the Polar Express ride at Coney Island amusement park in New York. Her injuries were not life-threatening. She was hospitalized in stable condition.

    The New York Department of Buildings is investigating.

    Some witnesses said that the girl was waving to friends and may have tried to stand up. A Department spokesman said it appeared that the girl's safety bar broke while the ride was in motion.


    Six Flags America Octopus ride
    WRC-TV NBC4 News

    Girl, 6, injured in fall from Octopus ride

    (Friday, August 3, 2007) - At Six Flags America theme park in Largo, Maryland, a 6-year-old girl was injured when she fell from the park's Octopus ride. Witnesses said that the girl stood up as the ride was in motion. Park officials say the girl fell about four feet. Some witnesses claim she fell over 15 feet.

    The girl was flown to a hospital for treatment of her injuries, which were considered to be relatively minor.


    Two children ejected from Sizzler

    (Wednesday, July 25, 2007) - At the Mercer County Fair in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, a 6-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were ejected from a Sizzler ride when their lap bar lifted while the ride was in motion. The 6-year-old fell to the ground and was struck in the head by the ride as it continued whirling. The 7-year-old landed about 20 feet away.

    According to the boys' mother, the operator was slow to respond to the situaiton. "We yelled 'stop the ride' forever, and he did not even know that they had been thrown out of it."

    "They finally got it stopped after my husband and dad jumped over the gate while it was still in motion to get to my boys."

    The 7-year-old suffered bruises. The 6-year-old suffered head trauma and received three staples to the back of his head.

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture found that the lap bar failed because of a worn spring. The ride was ordered closed and the operator was ordered to replace the spring and latch mechanisms on all of the ride's cars.

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    Air Glory ride cited for 25 code violations; report suggests operator, not deficiences, to blame for death

    Owner: operator "had a tendency not to lock the carabiner after attaching the rider to the ride."

    (Friday, July 27, 2007) - The Air Glory freefall ride from which a girl fell to her death in Wisconsin on July 14 has been cited for 25 code violations by investigators who inspected the ride after the accident. Officials from the Wisconsin Commerce Department do not believe that the deficiencies contributed to the girl's death because the ride was operating properly at the time she was killed. However, one official said that the ride might have been red-tagged if the violations had been discovered before the accident. The ride was due for an inspection three days after the accident.

    Air Glory riders are secured into harnesses, attached to cables, then hoisted to the top of a crane where they pull a ripcord and experience momentary freefall in a swing-like ride through the air. When the victim pulled her ripcord, she fell 50 feet straight to the ground.

    In a report issued today, investigators say that the girl's death was most likely the result of the operator's failure to make sure sure that a metal ring, called a carabiner, was locked.

    While one of the citations was for the absence of a second carabiner, Commerce Secretary Mary Burke said that a second carabiner would not necessarily have prevented the girl's death.

    "Carabiners do need to be locked properly whether there's one or there's two," said Burke.

    "Certainly there's less opportunity of it happening if there were two."

    25. Code Section Violated: Comm 34.22 Passenger–carrying devices. (1) GENERAL. All passenger– carrying devices shall be designed, assembled, operated and maintained in accordance with recognized safe practices.

    Condition Found: This ride was operated using a single carabiner to connect each rider’s harness to the ride.

    Resolution: Similar rides operating in Wisconsin utilize 2 carabiners to attach harnesses to the ride. This ride’s harnesses shall be attached to the ride with a minimum of 2 carabiners.

    At the time of the accident, the owner of the Air Glory ride, Gary Ross, was working on the loading platform with another employee, who had been employed for only two weeks. In a shocking statement made to investigators, Ross said that the employee "had a tendency not to lock the carabiner after attaching the rider to the ride."

    "According to Mr. Ross, on Saturday, July 14, 2007, he and Derek Armelin were working on the platform harnessing in the riders on the giant swing at the time of the accident. Mr. Armelin was working on the right side of the platform, and Mr. Ross was working on the left side. Mr. Ross said that Mr. Armelin was a new employee having worked for Mr. Ross only about two weeks. Mr. Ross also said Mr. Armelin also had a tendency not to lock the carabiner after attaching the rider to the ride. Mr. Ross said he always worked on the left side when working with Mr. Armelin so that he (Mr. Ross) could check the carabiner before attaching the safety rope. Mr. Ross stated if the carabiner was locked, there would be no way it could come loose when a person was attached to it. Mr. Ross also said that if the carabiner was locked and if the safety rope was properly attached it would not be possible for anyone to come loose from the ride. This is consistent with the statements that Mr. Ross provided to the Oshkosh Police and with Commerce’s independent investigation."

    In response to the investigation, Air Glory, its owner, and any rides owned or operated by Air Glory, are prohibited from operating in Wisconsin until 2008. Alir Glory and its owner are also prohibited from operating any ride in Wisconsin for a at least five years unless the state inspects and approves any ride they seek to operate prior to its first use. In addition, state officials are enacting an emergency rule to minimize the possibility of operator error by setting out explicit requirements for rides that suspend riders with carabineers, harnesses, and wires. Finally, officials said that they will launch "a thorough review of the state's amusement ride safety program, reopen the rules governing amusement rides, solicit input, and evaluate other state’s programs to ensure that Wisconsin has the highest possible safety standard for amusement rides."

    UPDATE: No criminal charges will be filed in connection to the accident. Detectives determined that the carabiner that attached the victim to the ride was not properly locked, allowing it to open during the ride. Also, a safety rope, which was intended to be a back-up safety device, was not properly attached to the harness.


    Rye Playland Mind Scrambler
    CBS News via 1010 WINS

    Police: Mind Scrambler operator knew victim was not seated properly

    (Tuesday, July 24, 2007) - Westchester County police investigating the death of Gabriela Garin who was killed on the Mind Scrambler ride at Rye Playland last month say that Garin's 18-year-old co-worker knew that Garin was not seated or secured properly when he started the ride. The report states that Garin was kneeling on the seat of her car, completely turned around, and possibly swaying her arms to music when the ride was started. The report's findings are based on the accounts of eleven witnesses, all of whose statements were consistent.

    "It would be difficult to believe that the ride operator did not know that Miss Garin was in the ride and not secured," said Westchester Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Belfiore.

    Witnesses said that Garin was thrown from the car before the ride's second revolution.

    The ride operator denied knowing that Garin was not wearing her selt belt when he started the ride. He no longer works at Playland.

    Police found that the second operator's booth, which was added in response to another fatality in 2004, was rarely, if ever, staffed, and that most of the workers who operated the Mind Scrambler were unaware that there was a cut-off switch inside the booth. According to park policy, Garin should have been in the second station when the ride started. Playland policy also prohibits employees from riding during work hours.

    Police also discovered that the victim had tried to ride the Mind Scrambler while not seated properly on at least one other occasion.

    The medical examiner's office pronounced the death accidental. Police say that no criminal charges would be filed.


    Gillian's Log Flume
    Associated Press via WXTF-TV, Philadelphia

    Log flume malfunction injures 5

    (Sunday, July 22, 2007) - Five people suffered minor injuries on the Canyon Falls Log Flume ride at Gillian's Wonderland Pier in Ocean City, New Jersey.

    The accident happened when one boat rolled backwards and collided with another boat.

    The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs is investigating.


    Park worker dead after fall from roller coaster

    (Tuesday, July 17, 2007) - An 18-year-old man died from injuries he suffered in a fall from the top of a roller coaster at the Loudoun Castle Theme Park in Ayrshire, Scotland on Sunday. The accident happened on the Rat, a steel roller coaster. Witnesses said that the man, who was visiting the park on his day off, saw that one of the ride's cars had stalled. He climbed to the top of the ride to push the car forward, but when it began to move, he was still hanging on to it. Within seconds he fell more than 50 feet. The car was occupied by three guests when the accident occurred.

    The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.


    Inspector noted safety issues on Air Glory ride
    - Green Bay Press-Gazette, July 19, 2007

    Fatal Wisconsin Bungee Ride
    WTMJ News, Milwaukee

    Girl, 16, falls to her death from freefall-type ride

    (Saturday, July 14, 2007) - At a festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a teenage girl was killed after falling 40-50 feet from a freefall-type ride called Air Glory. Air Glory riders are secured into harnesses, attached to cables, then hoisted to the top of a crane where they pull a ripcord and experience momentary freefall in a swing-like ride through the air. Witnesses reported that when the ripcord was pulled, they heard a snapping sound, then watched the victim fall directly to the bare ground. The other rider remained swinging on the line and was not injured.

    On its website, the festival listed the ride as one of its "insane outdoor activities."

    The ride was immediately shut down. Police, state inspectors, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.


    Great America owner implements life jacket rule at all parks
    - San Jose Mercury News, July 16, 2007
    Great America Wave Pool
    CBS 2/KCAL 9
    'How could he drown?'
    - San Francisco Chronicle, July 14, 2007
    "That's a lie that there were six," Flores said. "There's four lifeguards there. How can they not see my son? There's three walking and one sitting. They weren't doing their job. He was in 2 feet of water. How could he drown?"

    Boy, 4, drowns in wave pool at Great America

    (Thursday, July 12, 2007) - A 4-year-old boy drowned in the Great Barrier Reef wave pool at Great America theme park in Santa Clara, California. According to park officials, six lifeguards were on duty at the 150-foot long pool at the time of the accident; the victim's family says that there were only four.

    The pool has a maximum depth of six feet when the surface is calm. The boy was found in water that was about 2-3 feet deep.

    With the exception of Ohio, no state mandates that parks set age or height restrictions for such pools, or require that children wear life vests or be supervised by an adult.

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    Power Park ride operator killed
    PowerLand Park's 'Typhoon'

    Ride operator killed in path of swinging pendulum ride

    (Sunday, July 8, 2007) - At Powerland Park in Ala-Härmä, Finland, a 24-year-old ride operator walked into the path of a giant swinging pendulum ride and was struck by the ride's spinning gondola. She was killed instantly.

    Park officials say that the woman was attempting to retrieve shoes that a passenger had left on the platform.

    One rider suffered minor injuries in the accident.


    Rye Playland Mind Scrambler
    Robert Miller via the New York Post
    Worker who died on NY ride should have been in booth: officials
    Associated Press, July 2, 2007

    Safety rules not followed on ride that killed worker
    Chicago Tribune, July 1, 2007

    Ride operator killed in Scrambler accident at Rye Playland

    (Friday, June 29, 2007) - At Rye Playland amusement park in Rye, New York, a 21-year-old woman was killed in an accident involving the Mind Scrambler ride. The woman was a ride operator who had worked at the park for 7 years. At the time of the incident, she and an 18-year-old co-worker were working as operators of the Mind Scrambler. Her co-worker had just arrived to assist her with her duties. According to the co-worker, the victim suggested that she collect tickets outside the ride and that the co-worker operate the controls in the control booth. By this time, the co-worker had already loaded all but three of the cars with passengers. The co-worker returned to the control booth and prepared to start the ride. Before the ride started, the victim returned with four more passengers. The co-worker left the booth to load the four onto the ride, but says that the victim told him that she would load the riders herself. As the victim was securing the last four passengers into two of the three unoccupied cars, some of the other riders who had been waiting became impatient and yelled for the ride to start. The co-worker started the ride, unaware that the victim was still in the ride's path. Within seconds, he realized what had happened and stopped the ride, but the woman had already been fatally injured.

    Some witnesses told police that the victim had boarded one of the ride's cars and that she was kneeling on the seat when the ride started. They say that she then appeared to stand up, before falling from the car and landing in the ride's path, where she was struck by at least one other car. The man who was operating the ride said that he thought that the victim was seated and secured properly. He also told investigators that the victim was also shouting for him to start the ride.

    Rye Playland regulations specify that two operators are to be on duty during each ride cycle, and that neither operator may take rides. Park regulations also called for one operator to be in a second control booth where an emergency stop switch had been installed after a 2004 accident in which a 7-year-old girl was thrown from the Mind Scrambler and killed. Investigators are expected to determine why the operator started the ride if he believed that the victim had boarded the ride and the second control booth was unoccupied.

    The victim was employed as a Mind Scrambler attendant at the time of the 2004 accident. Investigators concluded that the rider's death was a result of the her own failure to ride properly, as she was reportedly turned around, kneeling on her seat, waving to friends. There was no evidence that there was a mechanical malfunction or that park safety procedures were not followed by the ride operator. Although the park was not cited for any safety violations, the park announced that it would implement new safety regulations for the Mind Scrambler, including the addition of seat belts. Also, the second control booth was added along with new lighting to give ride attendants a better view of the ride area and the ability to see potential hazards.

    The woman was an employee of S & L Amusements of Harrison, New York -- the company that leases the Mind Scrambler to Playland. The ride has been shut down and will remain closed for the rest of the year. It is unlikely that it will ever be reopened at Rye Playland. Park officials and local authorities are investigating.

    In 2005, a 7-year-old boy died on Playland's "Ye Olde Mill," a dark ride that consists of a 1,200-foot tunnel through which passengers travel while riding in small boats. The boy somehow left his seat and for some reason either jumped or fell into the water. He died of blunt head trauma. Inspectors found no mechanical defects in the ride, however, park officials admitted that they are aware that some passengers ignore posted warnings and leave the boats to walk around inside the attraction.

    In 1999, a 16-year-old ride attendant was fatally injured while working on a Scrambler ride at Lake Compounce amusement park in Bristol, Connecticut. Investigators found that he stepped onto the ride before it had come to a complete stop. His legs got caught underneath the ride and he was dragged until the operator activated the emergency stop. He was left pinned underneath the ride until firefighters lifted it off of him. Although it was determined that the ride did not malfunction, the park was cited by OSHA for serious violations of safety regulations.
    Updated July 3, 2007

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    WFOR CBS4, Miami
    Girl improving after head injury
    - South Florida Sun-Sentinel, July 3, 2007

    Girl suffers critical head injury on spinning teacups ride

    (Thursday, June 29, 2007) - A 13-year-old girl struck her head while riding a spinning teacup ride at Boomers amusement park in Dania Beach, Florida. Witnesses say she appeared to look dizzy, and watched as her head fell backwards over the edge of her seat. The girl may have struck her head on the handle of another teacup as the ride continued to run at full speed.

    State inspectors found no mechanical problems with the ride.

    The victim was hospitalized in intensive care and was reported to be in serious but stable condition.


    Girl, 14, dies at Disneyland Paris after roller coaster ride

    (Monday, June 25, 2007) - At Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris, a 14-year-old girl lost consciousness while riding the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. The park's medical team tried to revive her, but their efforts were unsuccessful. She died before an ambulance arrived.

    The ride was shut down as a precaution, but inspectors found it to be operating properly, and no mechanical problems were found. An autopsy is planned for Tuesday, which is expected to reveal that the girl's death was the result of a pre-existing medical condition.

    The park is keeping the ride closed until the results of the girl's autopsy are known.

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  • Autopsy: boy who died on Disney coaster had genetic heart defect (10/6/06)


    Albert Ceasar / The Courier-Journal via AP
    UPDATES:
    Teen injured on ride has one foot reattached - Associated Press, July 3, 2007
    Frayed cable found on Carowinds ride inspected after KY accident - WSOC-TV, June 22, 2007

    Investigation focuses on cable

    (Saturday, June 23, 2007) - The manufacturer of the Superman Tower of Power says it did not supply the cable that sliced off a girl's feet at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom on Thursday. The ride's cables and wire ropes would have had the need for replacement at least several times since the ride opened in 1995, but those replacement parts did not come from Intamin. The company says it has not supplied parts for the ride for 13 years.

    Inspectors from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Office of Consumer and Environmental Protection believe that the cable is to blame for the accident, but they are still trying to determine why the cable snapped and how it got caught around the girl's legs.

    The girl remains hospitalized, but there is no word on her condition.


    Six Flags, Cedar Fair shut down all Intamin drop towers

    (Friday, June 22, 2007) - Theme park operators Six Flags and Cedar Fair have announced that all drop towers similar to the one that malfunctioned at a Kentucky park yesterday have been shut down. The rides, manufactured by Intamin AG of Switzerland, have been closed while investigators determine what caused the Superman Tower of Power to malfunction at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky. A 13-year-old girl had both of her feet severed when a cable broke and wrapped around her legs. State inspectors are examining the ride. Six Flags and Cedar Fair say that, as a precaution, all Intamin drop towers will also be re-inspected.

    Another Intamin drop tower at Grona Lund park in Sweden has also been shut down.


    Girl's feet severed on Superman Tower of Power at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom

    (Thursday, June 21, 2007) - At Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, Kentucky, a 13-year-old girl had both of her legs severed above the ankles while she was riding the Superman Tower of Power freefall ride.

    Superman Tower of Power is 177 feet tall. Its gondola is lifted upwards 12 mph to a height of 157 feet. When the gondola is dropped, it reaches a top speed of 54 miles per hour, and riders experience momentary freefall. The ride's braking system engages 20 feet from the ground, slowing the gondola to a stop.

    According to one eyewitness account reported to WHAS-TV News, a cable snapped, and as the gondola dropped, it wrapped around the girl's legs.

    The ride was manufactured by Intamin AG of Switzerland, although some of its parts are manufactured by other companies. It has been in operation at Kentucky Kingdom since 1995.

    Kentucky Kingdom thrill ride accident
    WXIA-TV

    Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom statement

    At approximately 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, 6-21-07, the Superman Tower of Power ride at the Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom Park in Louisville, Ky. malfunctioned and injured a 13-year-old female, whose legs were severed above the ankle. The EMTs at the park were on the scene immediately and the girl was transported to UL hospital, where she is currently being treated. We have been in contact with both the hospital and her family. The ride has been shut down and will remain so until a full investigation has been completed. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide whatever assistance we can."



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    Roller coaster car derails at Geauga Lake

    (Saturday, June 16, 2007) - At Geauga Lake amusement park in Aurora, Ohio, the rear car of a roller coaster train derailed. The accident happened on the Raging Wolf Bobs roller coaster. The train failed to climb an incline and rolled backwards. When it came to rest, park employees escorted all twenty-four passengers off the ride. No one was injured.

    The ride sustained significant damage and was shut down.


    Timber Tower evacuation
    Rideaccidents.com

    Riders stranded for up to six hours atop Dollywood's 'Timber Tower'

    (Saturday, June 16, 2007) - Thirty-eight riders were left stranded atop the 65-foot-tall Timber Tower ride at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee after a safety system engaged and stopped the ride at its highest point. Witnesses say that park maintenance workers spent over an hour trying to fix the ride on their own, and by the time firefighters were called in and the evacuation began, riders had already been stranded for nearly two hours. Firefighters from two departments were able to evacuate all of the riders safely. Six hours had passed by the time the last riders were evacuated. No one was injured.

    The ride will remain closed until park officials complete their investigation.


    X-Coaster strands riders upside down
    CBS News

    Power outage leaves roller coaster riders stranded upside down

    (Saturday, June 9, 2007) - At Magic Springs & Crystal Falls amusement park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, a power outage left 12 roller coaster riders stranded upside down 150 feet in the air for 30 minutes.

    Firefighters used a ladder truck to rescue the riders. No one was injured, however one rider vomited and another complained of a headache and neck pain.

    The ride, called X-Coaster, was not immediately reopened once power was restored.


    Time to regulate inflatables?
    - Honolulu Advertiser, June 11, 2007

    Inflatable tossed 50 yards offshore with 2-year-old inside

    "It doesn't surprise me..."
    - Morgan Hill,
    Hawaii-based
    inflatable manufacturer

    (Saturday, June 9, 2007) - In Maili, Hawaii, an inflatable castle-shaped 'bounce house' broke loose from its anchors in sudden high winds. The castle went flying 20-30 feet in the air with a 2-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy inside. The 5-year-old fell from the house while it was still in the air, while the 2-year-old remained alone inside the castle, which landed in the ocean, about 50 yards offshore. A bystander rescued the girl before she drowned. Neither child was seriously injured.

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    Master Blaster water slide collapse
    KOTV News

    Water slide section collapses; girl rescued

    (Friday, June 8, 2007) - At Big Splash water park in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a section of the Master Blaster water slide gave way with an 11-year-old girl on it. The 6-foot fiberglass piece broke off and collapsed onto some netting that covered a lower section of the slide about 2 feet below. Park officials brought the girl to safety. She was not injured.

    Water slides are exempt from Oklahoma state regulations and inspections, but the park says that a private company inspects all its slides, including the Master Blaster, which passed its most recent inspection on Memorial Day weekend. The accident is under investigation.


    Boy drowns in wave pool at Wisconsin water park

    (Friday, June 8, 2007) - A 4-year-old boy drowned in a wave pool at the Wilderness Resort Hotel indoor water park in Lake Delton, Wisconsin. At the time of the drowning, the pool's waves were not in motion, and lifeguards were on duty.

    "I'm a little perplexed at how the child drowned," said Lake Delton Police Chief Thomas Dorner.


    Animal Kingdom's Kali River Rapids
    WKMG News

    Disney World ride platform fails; 6 injured

    (Tuesday, May 29, 2007) - At Animal Kingdom theme park at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, six people were injured on the Kali River Rapids ride, including a park employee. Reports indicate that a sensor triggered a shut down of the ride, leaving some boats stopped on an incline. During the evacuation of the boats, a special platform that carries riders to the exit failed. The employee may have suffered a bone fracture. The five riders suffered only minor injuries.

    The ride was closed for several hours to allow for an inspection by park maintenance workers. The evacuation platform was removed and the ride was reopened after it was found to be in normal operating condition.


    Inflatable Slide Collapse
    BBC News

    Another inflatable ride topples; 2 injured

    (Sunday, May 27, 2007) - A wind gust toppled a giant inflatable slide at a fair in South Wales. Two children suffered minor injuries. The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

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    Magnum XL-200 roller coaster trains collide at Cedar Point

    (Saturday, May 26, 2007) - At Cedar Point Park in Sandusky, Ohio, two roller coaster trains were involved in a minor collision on the park's Magnum XL-200 roller coaster. The accident happened when one train failed to stop completely at a braking area toward the end of its run, and continued to roll forward about 10 mph when it collided with a train that had already stopped. Fifty-nine people were on board the trains at the time of the accident. Two riders were treated for minor injuries at the park's first aid center, and another was treated at a hospital for asthma problems and released. The trains were slightly damaged in the accident.

    The ride has been shut down.

    UPDATE: A Cedar Point spokesman says that the accident was caused "by excessive moisture on the tracks due to the heavy rain storms we had in the morning." Magnum XL 200 reopened Sunday morning with only one train.


    Enterprise amusement ride catches fire
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    Carnival ride fire
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    Enterprise carnival ride catches fire
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8C4zhuUqZU

    Enterprise catches fire; 37 suffer burns

    (Friday, May 18, 2007) - In Rakvere, Estonia, an Enterprise amusement ride somehow caught fire, leaving 37 people with burn and smoke inhalation injuries. The victims, six of whom suffered serious injuries, were rushed to local hospitals where they were treated and released within 24 hours.

    The carnival is operated by Tivoli Tuur. The carnival manager suggested that arson could be to blame, but no evidence of arson has been found in preliminary investigations.

    The ride consists of twenty 2-passenger gondolas which are suspended from the outside of a wheel that is raised to a vertical position while spinning at high speed. The fire broke out while the ride was operating at full speed.

    A criminal investigation is also underway.

    The ride passed its last inspection in Sweden last month.


    Roller coaster accident damage
    Associated Press

    Roller coaster car derails, crashes; 1 killed, 19 injured

    (Saturday, May 5, 2007) - At Expoland theme park in Osaka, Japan, a 19-year-old woman was killed instantly when a roller coaster car derailed and crashed into a guardrail. Another rider suffered a serious head injury; 18 others suffered minor injuries.

    The accident happened on the "Fujin Raijin II," a stand-up steel roller coaster. Its trains consist of six cars, each of which can hold four passengers who ride while in a standing position. Investigators say that an axle on one of the cars broke, causing it to derail. Parts of the wheel assembly were found underneath the ride.

    The park reported that the train axles had not been inspected regularly, and had not been serviced since February 2006.

    Officials are investigating the accident. The park has been shut down.

    The ride was manufactured by Togo in 1992.

    Amusement park accident damage
    Associated Press/Kyodo News
    UPDATE: Former park officials accept blame for fatal roller coaster accident (7/15/08)


    Another inflatable ride blows away; 1 killed, 5 injured

    (Thursday, May 3, 2007) - An 8-year-old boy died from injuries he suffered when an inflatable castle blew 90 feet through the air and crashed into a fence at a May Day festival in Budapest on Tuesday. The boy was inside the castle with at least five other people who were injured.


    Park worker killed in roller coaster accident

    (Sunday, April 29, 2007) - At Legoland theme park in Billund, Denmark, a 21-year-old park worker was struck by a roller coaster car and killed. The woman was in a restricted area when the accident happened. Witnesses say that she jumped a safety fence to retrieve a wallet that a passenger had lost near the track.



    Reuters

    Ride collapse injures 24

    (Sunday, April 29, 2007) - Twenty-four people were injured when an amusement ride collapsed at an amusement park outside of Saint Omer, France. The accident happened on the park's 'Parachut' ride. The ride, which is similar to the more commonly known "Paratrooper," lifts into the air and rotates. Witnesses say that some cars were as high as 20-30 feet when the ride collapsed onto its platform. Most of the injuries were considered minor, but at least two people suffered serious injuries including broken bones. Fifteen ambulances and three rescue helicopters responded to the scene.



    WPVI 6ABC News, Philadelphia

    Carnival worker injured in fall from Fire Ball

    (Sunday, April 22, 2007) - At a carnival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a carnival worker was seriously injured from a circular roller coaster-type ride called the Fire Ball. Witnesses say the man went searching for a rider's cell phone and began to climb the ride's track. When he was about halfway up, the ride started suddenly, dragging the man upward along the track and causing him to ultimately fall to the ground. he was hospitalized with serious injuries.

    The carnival operator is Reithoffer Shows.


    Train car derails at Memphis Zoo; 10 injured

    (Saturday, April 21, 2007) - Two adults and eight children were injured when the last car of an amusement ride train uncoupled, derailed, and overturned at the Memphis Zoo in Memphis, Tennessee. Offiicials are investigating the accident, which did not cause any serious injuries.


    Sizzler accident kills 7-year-old

    (Monday, April 9, 2007) - A 7-year-old boy died after he and his mother fell out of a Sizzler ride yesterday at a carnival in Hope, Arkansas. Witnesses say that the boy stood up after falling to the ground and was struck by one of the ride's cars. He then stood up a second time and was struck in the head by another car. He died at a hospital hours later as a result of traumatic brain injury.

    A member of the boy's family says that the safety bar was not properly latched, and that the mother was trying to get the attention of the ride operator.

    The Arkansas Department of Labor is investigating. The carnival operator is Jelly Saunders Original Razorback, Inc., of Judsonia, Arkansas.


    Two injured on Tilt-A-Whirl

    (Sunday, April 8, 2007) - At a carnival in Middletown, Connecticut, two people suffered minor injuries when the hood of a Tilt-A-Whirl car fell on them. According to state police officials, the accident was the result of normal wear and tear on a metal clamp, and could not have been foreseen.

    The carnival operator is Coleman Brothers Shows.


    Officials investigating reports of accidents on carnival ride

    (Saturday, March 24, 2007) - Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland is investigating reports of four teenagers suffering injuries in separate accidents on Thursday and Friday evenings at a carnival in Newry, Ireland. All four teenagers received hospital treatment following the accidents. They claim they were thrown from a high-speed ride called "Hump-It." One victim, a 13-year-old boy, was treated at a hospital after he fell out of his car and struck a metal post. The boy's head split open and he needed five staples to close the 2-inch gash. A spokesman for the hospital confirmed that four people had been treated for injuries sustained at the carnival.

    Witnesses say that the ride was never shut down for inspection after the incidents.

    The operator is Cullen's Funfair.


    Carowinds employees injured in roller coaster test

    (Saturday, March 18, 2007) - Seven Carowinds employees suffered minor injuries while test riding the BORG Assimilator roller coaster at Paramount's Carowinds theme park in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to park officials, the ride operator unlocked the pins that hold the seats in place as the train was leaving the station, causing the seats to shift position.


    Two hurt while dismantling ride

    (Thursday, March 13, 2007) - In Melbourne, Australia, two men were injured when a carnival ride carriage fell onto them as they were dismantling it. They were rescued by co-workers and later treated at a local hospital.

    WorkSafe inspectors are investigating.


    Riders say they slipped from fair ride

    (January 23, 2007) - Two teenagers say they slipped from their seats on a ride called 'Xtasy' at the Manatee County Fair in Palmetto, Florida. According to the teens, their padded shoulder harnesses swung over their heads suddenly, leaving them clutching onto their seat restraints while suspended about 20 feet in the air. The teens say that the ride attendant did not check their restraints when they boarded the ride. They say that the operator finally stopped the ride and proceeded to lock their harness, but the two exited the ride instead. The teens reported the incident to Mighty Blue Grass Shows manager James Murphy, who refunded their money.

    Murphy says that the ride passed a recent state inspection, and that there have been no incidents with the ride in the past. Inspectors say they tested the ride and tried to re-create the incident, but were unable.


    Two children suffer burn injuries on bumper car ride

    (January 5, 2007) - Two children suffered burns when a bumper car malfunctioned at a carnival in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia. Witnesses say that the whip on the back of the car started to burn, then broke into pieces and showered embers on the children. The children were rushed to a hospital where one was treated for burns on her hand and the other for burns on his back and neck.

    Witnesses say that ride operators pushed the children's car to the side of the ride, then immediately re-opened the ride. Hospital personnel contacted local police, who then ordered the ride closed. Safety officials were called out to inspected the ride. They ordered the problem fixed, then allowed operators to re-open the ride.

    The ride is operated by Pavier Family Amusements. The company's owner, Brenton Pavier, says that the problem was isolated to the one car.

    "The whip wire got twisted, it was very unusual for it to get into that position but in bumper cars people bump into each other a lot," said Pavier.

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