2010 NEWS ARCHIVE

JANUARY

  • Inflatable ride blows into pond with girl, 5, inside (1/17/10)

    MARCH

  • Boy, 5, dies after fall from inflatable (3/22/10)
  • Two stranded on Space Roller at Miami-Dade County Fair (3/30/10)

    APRIL

  • Man killed in attempt to jump aboard spinning ride (4/3/10)
  • Another inflatable goes flying; 3 children injured (4/4/10)
  • Ferris wheel car falls from ride; 3 injured (4/5/10)
  • Woman strangled to death in go-kart accident (4/8/10)
  • Expedition GeForce derails; riders evacuated (4/28/10)
  • Two injured on Sky Diver (4/30/10)

    MAY

  • Roller coaster riders stranded upside down (5/4/10)
  • Woman hospitalized after bungee jump accident (5/7/10)

    JUNE

  • Woman killed in fall from roller coaster
  • Ride owner, inspector convicted in 2006 Orbiter accident (6/22/10)
  • Boy, 9, drowns in wave pool at Quebec water park (6/23/10)
  • Carnival worker loses leg in roller coaster accident (6/23/10)
  • Carnival worker killed in Ferris wheel accident (6/28/10)
  • Amusement ride catastrophe kills six, injures 10 in China (6/29/10)

    JULY

  • Restraints open during ride on looping roller coaster (7/6/10)
  • Fall from roller coaster kills woman (7/11/10)
  • Cable snap leaves 'Rocket' riders dangling 200 feet in the air (7/16/10)
  • Man injured in fall from reverse bungee ride (7/16/10)
  • Fair ride breaks apart; ten injured (7/16/10)
  • Fair worker killed (7/17/10)
  • Girl, 15, killed in amusement ride collapse (7/17/10)
  • Girl breaks arm in fall from swings at Six Flags Fiesta Texas (7/18/10)
  • Ride operator struck by Kamikaze ride gondola (7/21/10)
  • Roller coaster injures three at Trimper's Rides (7/22/10)
  • Emergency stop injures riders on drop tower (7/25/10)
  • Girl, 9, injured in fall from Super Himalaya (7/27/10)
  • Girl's free fall ends with no safety net, serious injuries (7/30/10)

    AUGUST

  • Ride operator, passenger injured at Maryland fair (8/17/10)
  • Park train derails; 15 injured (8/11/10)
  • Teen injured in fall from skyride (8/10/10
  • Park's inflatable prop injures riders during storm at Busch Gardens (8/5/10)
  • Riders evacuated from Sky Glider at Wisconsin fair (8/5/10)

    SEPTEMBER

  • Girl, 2, injured at Massachusetts carnival (9/5/10)
  • Boy injured on kiddie coaster (9/24/10)
  • Carnival ride operator charged with negligence (9/24/10)
  • Girl injured on kiddie coaster (9/25/10)
  • Another inflatable topples in wind; 1 injured (9/25/10)

    OCTOBER

  • Man injured in fall from Music Express (10/2/10)
  • Carnival ride collapse injures 5 (10/2/10)
  • Man, 68, found unresponsive at SeaWorld Orlando (10/4/10)
  • Accident at Disneyland Paris kills maintenance worker (10/6/10)
  • Roller coaster trains collide at Knott's Berry Farm; 10 injured (10/7/10)
  • North American Midway Entertainment worker killed (10/11/10)
  • Roller coaster car collides with crane; 3 injured (10/21/10)
  • Boy, 5, dies in inflatable accident (10/30/10)

    NOVEMBER

  • Girls injured by Zipper wheel that flew off ride (11/1/10)
  • Boy, 17, drowns at indoor water park (11/6/10)
  • Inherent risk: no explanation for Xtreme roller coaster fatality (11/19/10)
  • Another inflatable topples in wind; 3 injured
  • $3.4 million settlement in Yo-Yo collapse (11/23/10)

    DECEMBER

  • Roller coaster car derails (12/31/10)


  • Timaru Herald

    Roller coaster car derails

    (December 31, 2010) - A roller coaster car derailed at a carnival in Timaru, New Zealand, leaving two people with minor injuries. The accident happened on a kiddie roller coaster. The injured were riding in the car when it left the track of the ride. They managed to escape from the car, which was left dangling from the track about four feet from the ground.

    $3.4 million settlement in Yo-Yo collapse

    (November 23, 2010) - Attorney Robert Allard of the San Jose, California personal injury law firm Corsiglia McMahon & Allard is announcing that a lawsuit involving a near fatal 2008 amusement park accident that left 23 people injured, many of them children, has been settled for $3.375 million.

    On May 16, 2008, a Yo-Yo Chair Ride crashed during the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp, California injuring 21 children. The California Department of Industrial Relations determined that the ride was not properly maintained by its owner. Investigators found a damaged washer that had failed to hold a pair of nuts in place, which resulted in the cap screws becoming unfastened and the swing arms collapsing on the Yo-Yo Chair Ride.

    Allard’s investigation revealed that the ride manufacturer, Chance Rides, was well aware of at least one prior similar incident of a single-point-failure (lock ring and associated lock nuts) that existed in the design of the Yo-Yo ride, yet failed to properly warn owners/operators of the proper corrective measures that would fix the problem and avoid another catastrophic failure of its amusement ride.

    As a result of pressure exerted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Chance Rides ordered all owners of the defective Yo-Yo Rides to allow it to install a metal plate over the cap screws and prevent the unscrewing of the cap-screws. Those cap screws are the ones that failed in both Calaveras County and Six Flags over Texas in March 2006 injuring nine people.

    “This is a lesson to all amusement ride designers that they should not wait for mandatory safety mandates but rather take proactive, precautionary and preventative measures to avoid accidents from occurring since, as we have seen in this case, the consequences are potentially disastrous” said attorney Robert Allard.

    CPSC has jurisdiction over "portable" amusement rides like the one in Calaveras County but no jurisdiction over "permanent" rides like the ones at Six Flags over Texas. But as a result of the action taken by CPSC on the Calaveras County case, Chance was pressured into making the safety change. The requirement to make the safety change on ALL operating YO-YO Rides also set a requirement for annual inspections.

    The California Department of Industrial Relations report also said that the ride's owner, Brass Ring Amusements, operated the ride without the required inspections, certifications and documentation that was needed to make sure the ride was safe. Harry Mason, who did business as Midway of Fun, was the owner/operator of the Yo-Yo amusement ride at the time of the incident and according to the State was negligent for not properly maintaining the ride.

    “One thing that we hope is taken away from this lawsuit is that both ride owners and inspectors will be more diligent in carrying out inspections. The safety of all persons and particularly children should mandate that nothing is held back from completing a thorough of an inspection as possible,” added Allard.

    Allard represented the parents and their five young children in this case. All of the children suffered both physical and emotional injuries while the parents had to witness their five children screaming out in pain as the kids were dragged through the dirt and gravel, and slammed into the metal fencing during this horrific incident.

    The most seriously injured child in this incident suffered permanent brain damage along with multiple orthopedic injuries. The permanent neurocognitive impairments resulted in the child’s placement in special education, as well as the need for future care and treatment she will require to address her permanent injuries.

    Another inflatable topples in wind; 3 injured

    (November 23, 2010) - In Takashima, Shiga, Japan, three children were thrown from an inflatable ride when it toppled in a gust of wind.

    Inherent risk: no explanation for Xtreme roller coaster fatality

    (November 19, 2010) - The death of a 21-year-old woman who fell 30 feet from a the Xtreme roller coaster at Dixie Landin' amusement park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, cannot be explained, according to the state Fire Marshal's office, which has been investigating the accident for four months. Officials said that the ride's mechanical and electrical systems were examined thoroughly, and that all possible contributing human factors were considered, but no cause could be determined.


    KMSP Fox9 News

    Boy, 17, drowns at indoor water park

    (November 6, 2010) - At the Grand Rios Ramada Hotel and Indoor Water Park in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, a 17-year-old boy was pulled from the bottom of a pool at the end of a water slide. He received CPR and was rushed to an area hospital, where he died.


    WCBD NBC News 2

    Girls injured by Zipper wheel that flew off ride

    (November 1, 2010) - At the Coastal Carolina Fair in Ladson, South Carolina, a 2-inch trolley wheel flew off a Zipper ride and struck two girls who were standing in line at an adjacent ride. The Zipper was shut down for repairs, and reopened the following day after it passed an inspection.

    Neither girl was injured seriously.

    Boy, 5, dies in inflatable accident

    (October 30, 2010) - A 5-year-old boy died in an inflatable attraction called "Magic City" at an amusement facility in Croatia. Investigators said the boy was strangled somehow, possibly by ropes or props inside the attraction.

    He was found unconscious and rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    Roller coaster car collides with crane; 3 injured

    (October 21, 2010) - At Prater amusement park in Vienna, Austria, three people were injured when a suspended roller coaster car collided with a crane. The accident involved the Volare roller coaster. Apparently, the crane, which held a man who was painting, was positioned too close to the path of the ride's cars.

    The painter, a 21-year-old man, was knocked from the crane's platform and fell 24 feet to the ground. He suffered serious head injuries. One of the riders suffered a broken arm, and the other suffered cuts and bruises.

    Investigators said that the ride operator was unaware that the crane was in the ride area.


    Six Flags haunted house catches fire
    WSHM CBS 3, 10/9/10


    WLTX News

    North American Midway Entertainment worker killed

    (October 11, 2010) - In Columbia, South Carolina, a 43-year-old carnival worker was electrocuted while working on a ride called the Rainbow. The accident happened at the South Carolina state fairgrounds. The man was an employee of North American Midway Entertainment.

    Investigators are working to determine what caused the accident.


    KABC 7 News

    Roller coaster trains collide at Knott's Berry Farm; 10 injured

    (October 7, 2010) - At Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, 10 people were injured when two roller coaster trains collided. The accident happened on the Pony Express roller coaster, which uses a launch system to propel trains.

    According to a park spokesman, the first train had been launched, but did not have enough momentum to pass over the first incline, so it rolled backwards and collided with a train that had pulled into the station to load passengers.

    Ten riders complained of minor neck and back injuries and were taken to hospitals for treatment.

    RCDB.com reports that the Pony Express is a motocoaster model ride manufactured by Zamperla.

    A ride description from the park's website states, "While sitting astride one of the team’s 16 horses, riders leave their post with their steed launching them at a speed of 0-38 mph in less than 3 seconds.

    Knott's Berry Farm is owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.

    UPDATE: Investigators from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health concluded that the train rolled through the ride's braking system because the braking components had been painted. The paint was removed at the request of the manufacturer, and the ride reopened on October 16. Cal OSHA also noted that there were no testing procedures that would have simulated the events of the accident.

    Accident at Disneyland Paris kills maintenance worker

    (October 6, 2010) - At Disneyland Paris, a 53-year-old man suffered fatal injuries while he was cleaning the park's "It's a Small World" attraction. Apparently, the ride was accidentally started while the man was still working, and he became trapped underneath a boat. He was taken by helicopter to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

    Police are investigating.

    The ride has been shut down.


    WESH News

    Man, 68, found unresponsive at SeaWorld Orlando

    (October 4, 2010) - At SeaWorld's Aquatica water park in Orlando, Florida, a 68-year-old man was found unresponsive in a river-type attraction called Roa's Rapids. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    The park's website describes the ride as "an action river ride through the white waters of Aquatica."

    After learning of the man's death, the park released this statement: "The park's lifeguards responded quickly and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

    "Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time."


    The News Journal

    Carnival ride collapse injures 5

    (October 2, 2010) - At a Halloween-themed carnival in Middletown, Delaware, an amusement ride collapsed, leaving five people with minor injuries. Witnesses said that a section of the ride detached, then flipped over.

    The ride, called the Merry Mixer, is operated by Jim Houghton Enterprises. It is similar to the more commonly known Scrambler and Sizzler rides, but each type of ride is manufactured by a different company.

    Man injured in fall from Music Express

    (October 2, 2010) - At the Maui County Fair in Wailuku, Hawaii, a 22-year-old man was ejected from a whirling ride called the Music Express. Witnesses said that the man appeared to be leaning out of the car with a camera in his hand when he was ejected. He hit a metal post and landed on a metal walkway.

    The man was hospitalized with back injuries.

    Another inflatable topples in wind; 1 injured

    (September 25, 2010) - In Lincoln, Nebraska, a gust of wind toppled an inflatable ride, causing it to knock down a light pole. A child was injured after falling 10 feet from the ride and as it flew through the air.

    Girl injured on kiddie coaster

    (September 25, 2010) - At the South Plains Fair in Lubbock, Texas, a young girl suffered a minor injury to her ankle when a wheel of a car on a kiddie roller coaster came off the track. As a precaution, she was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released.

    The ride, called Go Gator, passed an inspection when the fair opened, and a daily inspection just hours before the incident.

    Carnival ride operator charged with negligence

    (September 24, 2010) - At a carnival in Nevada, a 44-year-old ride operator was arrested after he allegedly activated an Octopus ride that was stopped while rescue workers were evacuating riders. The man was taken to jail and charged with child abuse, negligence and obstructing police and fire officials.

    There were no reports of injuries.


    KHOU 11 News

    Boy injured on kiddie coaster

    (September 24, 2010) - At the Fort Bend County Fair in Rosenburg, Texas, an 8-year-old boy suffered bruises and facial injuries while he was riding a kiddie roller coaster called the Wacky Worm. He was treated for his injuries at a hospital.

    The ride, which is operated by Armstrong Shows, was reopened within an hour, after inspectors found no mechanical faults.

    Girl, 2, injured at Massachusetts carnival

    (September 5, 2010) - At the Spencer Fair in Spencer, Massachusetts, a 2-year-old girl was injured after she stood up while riding a kiddie ride called Convoy. Witnesses said that the girl fell out of the car after she stood up, and then got hit by as many as five cars.

    The girl was treated for bruises, scrapes, and abrasions, but escaped serious injury.

    Extreme World Accident

    Park "repairs" at crime scene where girl fell

    Police: Park workers made changes at 2 a.m. to freefall ride where 12-year-old was dropped ten stories

    In a report obtained by CBS News, police say they are looking into suspicious activity from several other workers at the small amusement park called Extreme World in Wisconsin Dells. Police stated they observed workers "repairing the ride" where Teagan Marti fell two weeks after the accident. The report says the workers were making the repairs around 2 a.m. The ride is, and was then, considered a closed crime scene.

    CBS News, 8/20/10

    Extreme World ride operator arrested, charged
    WISC, 8/18/10

    Park ride worker who dropped girl is back on job
    CBS News, 8/19/10

    Park "repairs" at crime scene where girl fell
    CBS News, 8/20/10

    Attendant who watched plunge is 'devastated'
    ABC News, 8/6/10


    Channel3000.com
    State of Wisconsin vs. Charles Carnell
    Criminal Complaint

    On July 30, 2010 at approximately 11:53 AM Officer Shawn Posewitz of the Lake Delton Police Department responded to the Extreme World attraction, located in Sauk County, Wisconsin, regarding a female juvenile… who had been injured on Extreme World’s “Terminal Velocity” ride.

    Charles Carnell described Terminal Velocity as a free-fall ride whereby patrons are lifted in a cage/platform to approximately 165 feet in the air. The cage is always taken to the top of the structure, but hangs approximately 15 feet below it. Patrons are individually lowered through a trap door in the floor of the cage. When the all clear signal is given, the patron is released in order to drop 110 feet into a net and airbag located below. The airbag would be inflated to about 50 feet above the ground. When the patron is released and hits the airbag, it deflates by about half. The rest of the safety apparatus is then lowered so that the patron can walk off the ride.

    Officer Posewitz spoke with Charles Carnell about what happened on the ride with [the victim]. Carnell was the “dive master” of the Terminal Velocity ride that day responsible for taking patrons to the top of the ride. [The victim] and two others were secured in their safety harnesses and entered the cage. At some point during the cage began to ascend, but the cage stopped before it got to the top of the ride and was lowered slightly. Carnell looked over the side of the cage and saw that his co-worker, Natalia, was blowing up air bags at the bottom of the ride.

    After the cage began its ascent for the second time, Carnell made small talk with the patrons until the cage stopped again. Carnell thought the cage was at the top of the ride. Carnell stated that when the ride gets to the top, the first thing the dive master is to do is to look over the side of the cage and give the all clear signal. The all clear signal is when the dive master puts his/her arms straight out to the side, away from the body. The dive master is then to wait for the same all clear signal from the ground operator. Carnell said that he didn’t look for or get the signal. He stated that he totally blanked out. He said he didn’t know why. Carnell said he knew he should do it and that he had no reason not to. He said that when you get the signal, it means it’s all clear; it means the bags are inflated.

    Carnell stated that when he looked through the trap door in the bottom of the cage to place [the victim] for the jump, he thought the bags were inflated. Witnesses… stated the bags were not inflated and that [the] net was completely on the ground not providing any kind of jump safety.

    When asked why he thought the cage kept stopping, Carnell said to add air to the airbags. He stated that it was typical because the bags don’t up fully inflate due to slow leaks in them. If a ground operator sees a crease in an airbag, he/she will stop the cage to add more air. Carnell said this happens quite frequently. Carnell stated [that he] didn’t look over the side of the cage other than the first time it stopped and was lowered slightly. He explained that when they stopped and went down a little he knew what the operator was doing and didn’t even look out.

    Carnell stated he got [the victim] in place through the trap door in the bottom of the cage, unhooked the safety device, and pulled the release from her jump harness. [The victim] then did a free-fall to the ground. Carnell heard a thud and saw her land on her back. Carnell saw [the victim’s] eyes roll back in her head. Carnell estimated that the cage was approximately 100 feet in the air, rather than 165, when he dropped her to the ground. When [the victim] hit the ground, that’s when he realized the cage was not at the proper height.

    When Officer Posewitz arrived on scene he observed [the victim] lying on the ground on the mat directly under the ride. [The victim’s] skin was gray and her lips were blue. There was blood coming from her mouth, ears, and nose. [The victim] was taken by med flight to the Children’s Hospital in Madison.

    Doctors from the Children’s Hospital in Madison described [the victim’s] injuries to include, but are not limited to, swelling of the brain, several severe fractures of the cervical and lumbar segments of her spine, multiple fractures of her pelvis, and lacerations to her liver, spleen, intestines, and duodenum. At the time of her initial hospitalization she was unconscious and unresponsive to any stimuli. Officer Posewitz was advised that the fractures to the vertebrae had entered the spinal column, which may result in paralysis. At the time of her initial hospitalization, [the victim] was not stable enough to undergo necessary surgeries.


    Is ride operator a criminal?
    Wisconsin State Journal, 8/21/10

    Fall victim's mother says it's 'miracle' she lived
    Associated Press, 8/20/10

    Teagan Marti making steady progress
    WKOW, 8/14/10

    Park ride victim's father: "She was dead"
    CBS News, 8/3/10


    A YouTube video shows the Extreme World ride in action

    Operator error suspected in child's thrill ride crash
    WKOW, August 3, 2010

    Extreme World to be sold at foreclosure sale
    Wisconsin State Journal, July 31, 2010

    Girl's free fall ends with no safety net, serious injuries

    (July 30, 2010) - At Extreme World in Wisconsin Dells, a 12-year-old girl was seriously injured during a free fall after she was released without the safety net in position to catch her. The accident happened on an attraction called Terminal Velocity, a suspended catch air device, or "SCAD Dive." It is manufactured by Montic Hamburg of Germany.

    The ride consists of a platform which is lifted to a maximum height of 140 feet. The rider, wearing a harness to keep them in a safe landing position, is then released from the platform. Once released, there are no cords or cables attached to the rider or the harness, and the safety net breaks the rider's fall and lowered to the ground. The park's website says that "airtubes and break suspensions around the double net stop your fall so softly that you feel virtually no impact at all."

    Normally, the rider is dropped from the carriage at around the 140-foot mark. The rider falls about 100 feet, then hits the safety net at 40 feet. In this case, the girl was dropped from a height of 100 feet, and landed on the ground, on top of the net, which was never lifted into position. Once the girl landed, she was found not breathing and without a pulse. Witnesses said they saw blood coming from her nose, eyes, and mouth. She was rushed to a hospital via helicopter. Among her injuries were 10 fractures in her back and one in her skull.

    The ride passed a state inspection on June 28. It has been ordered closed while police and state inspectors investigate.

    In 2002, a 13-year-old boy was seriously injured during a SCAD dive in Orlando, Florida. He suffered a broken leg and a broken hip after falling 30-40 feet. He, too, was released when the net was not in position to catch him. In this case, the manufacturer of the ride, Montic Fischer of Germany, said that signal lights had incorrectly indicated to the ride's operators that the net was in position to catch the jumper.

    Also, in 2003, a 30-year-old SCAD diver in California was seriously injured in a similar accident. Again, the net was not set to its proper position.

    UPDATE: In a statement to CBS News, Extreme World reported that the accident was caused by "human error." Apparently, the ride operator released the girl without checking to make sure that the net was in position to catch her. Extreme World said that the operator is on leave "for mental health reasons." For more details, read Park ride victim's father: "She was dead" at cbsnews.com.

    UPDATE: The girl remains hospitalized, but is now in stable condition. She has regained consciousness.

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    Fox5 WTTG

    Ride operator, passenger injured at Maryland fair

    (August 17, 2010) - At the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg, Maryland, a ride operator was struck by a rotating swing ride called Vertigo. He climbed over the metal fence that surrounded the ride and entered the path of the swings when he noticed that the swings were colliding with another section of the fence.

    Witnesses said it appeared that the foot of at least one rider collided with the fence as the ride lowered back to the ground. The fence was then partially dragged into the path of the ride. Some swings collided as the fence became an obstacle and interfered with the normal rotation of the ride. One child who was on the ride suffered minor injuries when he collided with the fence.

    A news crew from WTTG FOX 5 was on the scene filming for another news story and captured the accident on camera.

    The Vertigo is manufactured by A.R.M. Inc. of Ohio and operated by Powers Great American Midways. It passed an inspection when the fair opened last week, but has been shut down as investigators work to determine what went wrong.

    UPDATE: A spokesman for the fair said that the swings, which are designed to stop rotating once they are lowered inside the fenced-in loading area around the base of the ride, did not stop, causing the riders legs to collide with the fence.


    Associated Press

    Park train derails; 15 injured

    (August 11, 2010) - At Tiny Town amusement park in Colorado, 15 people were injured when a miniature train derailed and rolled on its side, spilling passengers onto the ground. Most riders suffered only minor injuries.

    UPDATE: Investigators from the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment determined that the accident was caused by operator error. The engineer of the train admitted that he panicked when he realized the train was moving too fast as it entered a turn, where it should have been moving at only 3mph. He said that he mistakenly reached for the accelerator rather than the brake. Ultimately, the operator attempted to correct his mistake, and applied the brakes, but by that time, it was too late and the train had begun to roll off the track.

    Teen injured in fall from skyride

    (August 10, 2010) - A teenager was injured in a fall from a skyride in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.


    WAVY News, August 6, 2010

    Park's inflatable prop injures riders during storm at Busch Gardens

    (August 5, 2010) - At Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia, five people suffered minor injuries on the Griffon roller coaster when a 25-foot inflatable prop blew into the path of their train. Five riders were treated at a hospital for minor neck and back injuries.

    The park said that workers were in the process of removing the props when the accident happened. The ride was inspected and found to be in proper operating condition.


    Associated Press

    Riders evacuated from Sky Glider at Wisconsin fair

    (August 5, 2010) - At the Wisconsin State Fair, more than 130 riders were left stranded for up to three hours on a cable lift ride called the Sky Glider when the ride's motor failed. The Sky Glider carries riders across the fairgrounds in slow-moving cars that hang from cables stretched high above the fair's midway.

    Rescue workers used cherry-pickers and fire truck ladders to bring riders to safety. No one was injured.

    Girl, 9, injured in fall from Super Himalaya

    (July 27, 2010) - At the California Mid-State Fair, a 9-year-old girl suffered minor injuries when she fell from a Super Himalaya ride. Witnesses said that the girl stretched out her legs out underneath the safety bar and took an unsafe riding position while the ride was running in reverse at full speed.

    In the wake of the accident, the ride's owner, Davis Enterprises, plans to reduce the ride's speed from 13 to 12 rotations per minute. Also, netting will be added underneath the bars which will prevent riders from lowering themselves through the space between the bar and the floor of the car.

    Investigators determined that the girl met the ride's height requirement, and that neither the ride nor the safety bar malfunctioned.

    Emergency stop injures riders on drop tower

    (July 25, 2010) - At Isla Magica theme park in Seville, Spain, several riders suffered minor injuries on a drop tower ride when the emergency stop system engaged. Riders were treated for nausea, minor cuts and bruises at a local hospital.

    The ride, called El Desafio, consists of a 220-foot tower. A 32-passenger cabin drops from the top of the tower and allows riders to experience a 170-foot free fall before it slows to a stop. The ride has different programs, or ride cycles, that change throughout the course of the day. The carriage had made it through the first drop of the cycle successfully, but failed to complete the second drop.

    Park officials said that the ride's monitoring system triggered the emergency stop when it detected that the ride carriage was traveling too fast. Riders waited 10-15 minutes before the carriage was lowered back to the platform.

    The ride was manufactured by Maurer-Söhne of Germany.


    WTTG Fox 5

    Roller coaster injures three at Trimper's Rides

    (July 22, 2010) - Three children between the ages of 10 and 15 suffered minor injuries when a cable snapped on the Tidal Wave roller coaster at Trimper's Rides in Ocean City, Maryland.

    The Tidal Wave was manufactured by Vekoma Rides. It is commonly known as a boomerang-type roller coaster. The train is pulled up a 116-foot incline, then released. It then passes through three inversions -- a cobra roll and a vertical loop -- before it is pulled up another incline, then released, at which time it travels through the inversions in reverse.

    The ride is closed for repairs and reinspection.


    Le Quotidien

    Ride operator struck by Kamikaze ride gondola

    (July 21, 2010) - At a fair in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada, a ride operator was struck by a swinging gondola on a pendulum-type ride called Kamikaze. He suffered serious injuries, but is expected to recover.

    The ride, operated by Amusements Spectaculaires, was found to be in proper operating condition.


    KOSA CBS 7

    Girl breaks arm in fall from swings at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

    (July 18, 2010) - A 10-year-old girl broke her arm in a 6-foot-fall from the Whirligig swing ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The girl's mother claims that the girl was not secured and that the ride operator did not check to make sure that all riders had their restraints in place.

    According to the girl's mother, the girl was taken to the park's first aid station, where she was bandaged. After she was told by park officals that the girl was fine, the mother took the girl to the hospital, where she learned that her daughter's arm was broken.


    European Pressphoto Agency


    La Vanguardia


    A YouTube video shows the ride in operation

    Girl, 15, killed in amusement ride collapse

    (July 17, 2010) - At Tibidabo amusement park in Barcelona, Spain, a catastrophic failure of an amusement ride left a 15-year-old girl dead, one person hospitalized in critical condition, and another in serious condition.

    The ride, called El Pendulo (The Pendulum), consists of a giant vertical arm with a 4-passenger carriage attached to its end. The arm hoists the carriage to a height of 124 feet. When the arm is released, riders experience the sensation of freefall as the carriage drops through the air, swooping through a 150-foot arc at speeds of up to 60mph. The arm swings the carriage back and forth through the air, until it is slowed by gravity and finally the ride's braking system.

    Witnesses said that the base of the ride gave way and the entire ride toppled over, crashing onto a flume ride called the Gold Mine, then plunging to the ground, where the passenger cabin was severely damaged.

    Just three and a half hours before the accident, maintenance workers were called to the ride because it was making strange noises. Workers examined and tested the ride for 10-15 minutes, then reopened it after they did not detect any problems.

    The investigation is focused on the bolts that attached the metal base of the ride to the concrete foundation. The bolts will be sent to a laboratory for extensive testing, after which time investigators will determine whether they were long enough and wide enough to sustain the pressures exerted by the ride, and whether they were anchored to the concrete properly.

    It was also reported that the company responsible for the maintenance of the rides has only been working for the park for sixteen days.


    RTL Nieuws

    Fair worker killed

    (July 17, 2010) - A fair worker was struck by an amusement ride called Body Shake during a test run and later died from his injuries. The accident happened at the Zwarte Cross fair at Lichtenvoorde, in the Netherlands.

    Ride investigation to take several weeks
    CHQR, July 17, 2010


    Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

    Fair ride breaks apart; ten injured

    (July 16, 2010) - At the Calgary Stampede, an annual fair and rodeo held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, ten people were injured when a fair ride called the Scorpion broke apart.

    The ride consists of three arms. At the end of each arm is a wheel-like structure that carries 8 cars. As the arms whirl, they tilt the wheels of cars up into the air, as the wheels spin and the cars swing. One of the wheels broke off its arm, fell off the ride platform, and crashed into a barrier. Some cars flipped over and fell to the platform where the whirling cars that were still attached to the the ride crashed into them.

    Witnesses said that at least three of the ride's cars were seriously damaged, and that the injured riders were either ejected or struck by other cars.

    Four riders were treated at the scene and released while six were rushed to area hospitals with more serious injuries, but none that were life-threatening.

    The ride is operated by North American Midway Entertainment. It passed a safety inspection just hours before it broke apart.

    Man injured in fall from reverse bungee ride

    (July 16, 2010) - At the Hegyalja Festival near Tokaj in northeast Hungary, a 21-year-old man suffered a fractured skull and broken limbs when he fell out of a reverse-bungee ride, according to police.


    RT via YouTube

    Cable snap leaves 'Rocket' riders dangling 200 feet in the air

    (July 16, 2010) - At Divo Ostrov theme park on Krestovsky Island in St. Petersberg, Russia, ten people were left dangling 200 feet in the air after a cable snapped on a ride called Rocket. The passenger carriage was lowered to the ground and rescue workers were able to bring all of the riders to safety. There were no reports of injuries.

    Probe focuses on roller coaster restraint device
    The Advocate, July 13, 2010

    Teen says roller coaster had problems days before deadly accident
    KATC, July 13, 2010


    A YouTube video shows the ride in operation

    Fall from roller coaster kills woman

    (July 11, 2010) - At Dixie Landin' amusement park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a 21-year-old woman fell from a roller coaster and died an hour later from her injuries.

    The ride, called Xtreme, is a compact spinning roller coaster manufactured in 2000 by Maurer-Söhne of Germany. Its cars, which can accomodate four passengers, spin as they race around the track at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour. Xtreme operated in Europe until it was installed at Dixie Landin' in 2007.

    The ride passed a state inspection last month, and initial reports from investigators indicate that no mechanical problems have been found with the ride.

    Witnesses said that it appeared the woman fell about 30 feet.

    Park officials addressed the accident in a statement made shortly after the woman's death was reported: "We are all saddened by this terrible accident. An investigation by the state fire marshal's office has begun to try and determine the cause. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time."


    Afghan Voice.com

    Restraints open during ride on looping roller coaster

    (July 6, 2010) - At La Ronde theme park in Montreal, Canada, four safety restraints opened suddenly on a looping roller coaster called the Boomerang. The passengers completed their ride without injury, as centrifugal force kept them from falling out.

    The Boomerang is a common roller coaster type. The train is pulled up a 116-foot incline, then released. It then passes through three inversions -- a cobra roll and a vertical loop -- before it is pulled up another incline, then released, at which time it travels through the inversions in reverse. The restraints opened as the train began its second pass through the inverions. Only centrifugal force prevented the riders from falling out during the inversions. Had the train stalled or malfunctioned during one of the inversions, the result may have been catastrophic.

    Park officials said that the mechanism which unlocks the restraints, which is activated only in the loading station, somehow activated during the ride. The ride was closed, but opened a day later after adjustments were made and the ride was reinspected.


    Global Times

    Amusement ride catastrophe kills six, injures ten in China

    (June 29, 2010) - In Shenzhen, China, Ecoventure Valley theme park became the site of one of the deadliest amusement ride accidents in history when a space shuttle simulator malfunctioned, killing six people.

    The indoor ride, called Space Journey, consists of 12 cabins that spin and rise to the top of the dome, where there is an 80-foot screen showing images of the universe. Each cabin has the capacity to hold four passengers.

    Witnesses said that there was a loud noise, smoke filled the air with the smell of something burning, the lights went out, and machine oil started spraying. They said that some of the 44 riders on board were ejected from their cabins while the cabins were crashing into each other and falling 40-50 feet to the ground.

    According to one witness who survived the catastrophe, "All the cabins but the one we were sitting in were destroyed. Some people fell onto the rail and some fell on the ground. Some people died instantly and were just hanging dead in their seats."

    Most riders were unconscious and rushed to area hospitals once rescue workers broke into the ride and evacuated them; at least ten were reported injured, five of whom were hospitalized in serious condition. The dead included two men and four women, ranging in age from 24 to 48 years old.

    Ecoventure Valley is a theme park located at the Overseas Chinese Town East tourist resort. According to a park spokesman, Space Journey was manufactured by Beijing Jiuhua Amusement Rides Manufacturing Company. A ride description posted at the park's website reads: "By taking an aircraft simulator, you can personally experience the 2G acceleration of gravity in the time of rocket launch. The dome in the diameter of 24 meters vividly reproduces the scenic wonder of the vast universe so that your dream of flying to space appears to come true."

    Park officials said that the accident was the result of a mechanical malfunction, not human error, and that the manufacturer should take the blame. Civil authorites said they believed a mechanical malfunction caused the ride to lose its balance and collapse.

    The park, which opened in 2009, has been shut down while all of the rides are inspected.

    The Shenzhen government is investigating.


    KSTU Fox 13 Salt Lake City

    Carnival worker killed in Ferris wheel accident

    (June 28, 2010) - A 41-year-old carnival worker died in a Ferris wheel accident in West Valley City, Utah. The man was disassembling a Ferris wheel when suddenly he became pinned between a rail and the drive wheels.

    Since 1985, at least 12 carnival workers have been killed while assembling or disassembling a Ferris wheel.

    Carnival worker loses leg in roller coaster accident

    (June 23, 2010) - At the Sonoma-Marin fair in Petaluma, California, a carnival worker was struck by a roller coaster train after he entered a restricted area. The accident happened on a small steel roller coaster called the Wacky Worm. The worker, who was not assigned to work at the ride at the time the accident happened, lost one of his legs below the knee.

    The victim is an employee of Midway of Fun, which operates the rides at the fair. A carnival spokesman reported that the employee "wasn't following procedure."

    The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration and local police are investigating the incident, which is being treated as an occupational injury.

    The ride had been cleared to operate by inspectors within hours of the accident.

    Boy, 9, drowns in wave pool at Quebec water park

    (June 23, 2010) - At Quebec's Mont Saint-Sauveur water park, a nine-year-old boy drowned in a wave pool. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The boy was visiting the park with classmates on a school field trip celebrating the last day of school.

    Ride owner, inspector convicted in 2006 Orbiter accident

    (June 22, 2010) - The owner and inspector of a faulty fairground ride have been convicted of health and safety breaches after two women needed hospital treatment after being flung from it. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought a prosecution against both the owner and the inspector of the Orbiter ride at Moxley Park Fairground in Bilston, West Midlands for breaching health and safety regulations.

    The accident happened on May 6, 2006. A car carrying the women broke off from the ride shortly after it started. The car fell about 20 feet to the ground and broke apart as it spun across the ground for 30 feet until it crashed into a food stand. The women were thrown out of the car as it broke apart. They were hospitalized with serious head, neck, back, and spinal injuries. Some witnesses were treated at the scene for shock.

    Thomas Denzil Jones, the ride's owner, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 of the 1998 Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. He was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 costs.

    Fairground Inspection Services, the company tasked with carrying out safety tests on the ride, pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the 1974 Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was ordered to pay £35,000 in compensatory damages.

    An investigation showed the there was a failure of a weld that held the car to the ride. Despite receiving an annual inspection, which took place just weeks before the incident, the problem was not detected.

    HSE inspector Gareth Langston said: "These two young women suffered serious injuries but the results could have been much, much worse. If the ride had been at full speed, we could have been looking at a fatal incident, with possible injuries to other passengers on the ride as well as onlookers.

    "As the ride's owner, Mr Jones had a duty to ensure his ride was maintained in good working order, while Fairground Inspection Services had a duty to carry out a thorough inspection. They both failed in their responsibilities and have left these two young women with life-long injuries."

    In November 2009, Fairground Inspection Services admitted that it failed to properly examine a similar ride in Suffolk, breaching Section 3(1) of the 1974 Health and Safety at Work etc. Act. It was then ordered to pay a £8,000 fine with £1,000 costs.


    Extra Online

    Woman killed in fall from roller coaster

    (June 19, 2010) - At Terra Encantada theme park in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, a 61-year-old woman suffered fatal head and abdominal injuries when she fell 30 feet from a steel roller coaster called Monte Aurora. The woman was seated next to her daughter, who claimed that the safety restraint either broke or opened.

    Park maintenance workers said that the ride had passed their own monthly inspections, and that there were no mechanical deficiencies discovered or reported prior to the accident.

    Civil authorities have ordered the ride and the park closed indefinitely. Police are investigating the park's safety and maintenance procedures and deposing park personnel.

    A spokesman for the park suggested that the woman may have fainted moments before she fell, but authorities say that the ride is designed to prevent passengers from falling out of the cars, even if a passenger were unconscious.

    In 2005, a man suffered serious injuries in a 12-foot fall from the same ride.

    UPDATE: Rio De Janeiro police have charged the operational director of the park and the responsible engineer with negligent homicide. The indictments were based in part on statements made by a former employee who had operated the ride in the past and made allegations of negligence against the park. Also, police cited statements made by patrons, who alleged that park officials "completely abandoned" regard for safety, and claimed that the park was in "horrible" and "deplorable" condition. Investigators believe that the ride operator closed the safety bar properly, but the locking mechanism was not operating correctly, and that if it had been operating correctly, it would have been impossible for the woman to be ejected from the ride.

    Woman hospitalized after bungee jump accident

    (May 7, 2010) - In Hammer Springs, New Zealand, a woman slipped from a bungee cord during a bungee jump and fell into a river. According to one report, the accident happened when one of the woman's shoes slipped off during the second bounce. She was hospitalized with serious injuries but was expected to recover.

    The jump was operated by Thrillseekers Adventures.

    Police are investigating.


    North News

    Roller coaster riders stranded upside down

    (May 4, 2010) - At Flamingo Land theme park in North Yorkshire, England, five people were left stranded upside down 50 feet in the air for 20 minutes when their roller coaster car grinded to a stop. Officials believe that the car's wheels jammed because a rider's poncho got caught up in the wheel assembly.

    Park workers were able to bring all of the riders to safety without anyone being injured.

    The incident happened on the Mumbo Jumbo roller coaster.


    WEWS ABC News, Cleveland

    Two injured on Sky Diver

    (April 30, 2010) - At the Geauga County Maple Festival in Chardon, Ohio, two children suffered minor injuries after a mishap on a ride called the Sky Diver. The caged door of their car opened while they were inside, causing them to be thrown about the cabin.

    One of the riders -- an 11-year-old girl -- told WJW Fox 8 News, Cleveland, "[The ride operator] didn't even close [our cage]. We were screaming 'wait,' 'stop,' but I guess he didn't hear us. He didn't close ours.

    "I was just like dangling upside down there, so I pulled up and grabbed one hand on the bar and one hand under [my friend's] arm and pulled her back up toward me." A police officer heard the screams of witnesses and alerted the ride operator, who lowered the girls' car slowly to the loading platform.

    The Sky Diver is a 75-foot wheel whose cars are designed to spin as the wheel turns, and riders are often upside-down during the ride.

    The ride has been closed while officials investigate.


    IPLF

    Expedition GeForce derails; riders evacuated

    (April 28, 2010) - At Holiday Park in Hassloch, Germany, an entire roller coaster train full of passengers came to a sudden stop 65-feet in the air when one of the cars derailed just after completing the ride's first drop. The accident happened on Expedition GeForce, ranked as one of the top roller coasters in the world. It reaches a maximum height of 174 feet and speeds of up to 75mph.

    Firefighters used cherry pickers to evacuate all 26 riders. Some riders complained of minor bruises, but none was seriously injured.

    Woman strangled to death in go-kart accident

    (April 8, 2010) - A 27-year-old woman was strangled to death after her head dress became tangled in a go-kart axle at high speed. The accident happened at Port Stephen's Go-Kart track. Witnesses said that the woman struggled to free herself but lost control of the car, which crashed into a wall. WorkCover is investigating.


    Daily Telegraph

    Ferris wheel car falls from ride; 3 injured

    (April 5, 2010) - At a carnival in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, three teenagers were injured when a car disengaged from a ferris wheel and plunged 10-20 feet to the ground.

    The teens were taken to a hospital and treated for back injuries, cuts, and abrasions, and were released within hours.

    Authorities have launched an investigation and ordered the ride closed. The owners of the ride could face charges.

    Another inflatable goes flying; 3 children injured

    (April 4, 2010) - In El Paso, Texas, a sudden gust of wind tossed an inflatable hundreds of feet through the air, with three children inside. The children were hospitalized with serious injuries.


    Prater Service GmbH

    Man killed in attempt to jump aboard spinning ride

    (April 3, 2010) - A 34-year-old man was killed when he jumped over a barrier in an attempt to board a high-speed spinning ride called Extasy. The man was reportedly drunk at the time. No one else was injured.

    The ride operator engaged the emergency stop as soon as he realized what had happened, but the man was already fatally injured.

    Boy injured in fall from ride at Miami-Dade County Fair, mom says
    Sun Sentinel, 3/30/10


    CBS News

    Two stranded on Space Roller at Miami-Dade County Fair

    (March 30, 2010) - At the Miami-Dade County Fair in Miami, Florida, two women were left stranded nearly 100 feet in the air for more than an hour after a carnival ride called Space Roller stalled. Ride operators were eventually able to lower the ride to the loading platform, and neither woman was injured.

    The Space Roller is manufactured by Mondial of the Netherlands; it is more commonly known as Top Scan.

    "You see more injuries on inflatables than almost any other amusement ride you can think of -- more than roller coasters."

    - Jim Barber, spokesman for the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials

    Inflatables' owner says misuse had role in death
    Wichita Eagle, 3/28/10

    Safety concerns at inflatable moonbounce complex rise after child's death
    Wichita Eagle, 3/24/10

    Boy, 5, dies after fall from inflatable

    (March 22, 2010) - At Pure Entertainment amusement facility in Wichita, Kansas, a 4-year-old boy suffered a fatal head injury when he fell from an inflatable attraction and landed on concrete. He was rushed to hospital, where he died within hours.

    Witnesses reported that the child and his parents may have been using the attraction improperly.

    "It just picked up the whole thing and it went in the air and into the water."
    - 26-year-old Rashetta Law, victim's mother


    WJXT News4Jax.com

    Inflatable ride blows into pond with girl, 5, inside

    (January 17, 2010) - In Jacksonville, Florida, an inflatable bounce house blew into a retention pond with a 5-year-old girl inside it. Family members and neighbors rushed into the water to save the girl from drowning.

    The attraction was rented for a birthday party.

    "All of a sudden the wind came from nowhere and it blew over in the lake with my daughter inside of it," said the girl's mother.

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