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Category: Amusement Park Accidents

Family Sues California Water Park After Boy Sustains Horrific Injuries

By Brian Chase on November 16, 2017 - No comments

Family Sues California Water Park After Boy Sustains Horrific Injuries

The parents of a 10-year-old boy who was injured after being flung over the edge of a three-story water slide are now suing the California water park where the incident occurred. According to a news report in the Daily Mail, a video of the ordeal captured the moment the boy was ejected from the slide at the Wave Water Park in Dublin near San Francisco back in May. The boy had emerged from the bottom of the Emerald Plunge ride and flew over the edge of the slide before skidding several feet on the concrete. …Read the rest »

 

OC Fair Shuts Down G Force Ride after Deadly Accident in Ohio

By Brian Chase on July 28, 2017 - No comments

OC Fair Shuts Down G Force Ride after Deadly Accident in Ohio image courtesy of www.theorangecountyregister.com

OC Fair officials have shut down the G Force ride after a fatal accident involving a similar ride in Ohio. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the ride has been taken apart and is undergoing inspection. A spokeswoman for the OC Fair said as soon as they heard of the deadly accident in Ohio, they knew their ride was similar. So, they elected to shut it down. …Read the rest »

 

Video of Teen Injured After Falling Off Six Flags Ride Goes Viral

By Brian Chase on June 28, 2017 - No comments

Video of Teen Injured After Falling Off Six Flags Ride Goes Viral Image courtesy of www.timesunion.com

A 14-year-old girl was injured after she fell about 25 feet from a ride at the Six Flags amusement park in upstate New York. According to a CNN news report, the girl was not seriously injured and is said to be in stable condition. Officials said the girl, who was from Greenwood, Delaware, was on the Sky Ride, which is a slow gondola-style attraction. A video, that has gone viral now, shows the teenager hanging by her hands as a crowd gathers 25 feet below. …Read the rest »

 

Boy’s Death in Water Park Raises Concerns about Amusement Park Safety

By Brian Chase on August 12, 2016 - No comments

10 year old boy dies in waterpark accident

The death of Caleb Schwab, a 10-year-old boy, who was decapitated on the world’s tallest water slide over the weekend, has revived calls for change in the amusement park industry. According to a report on TIME.com, safety advocates say the industry has been lacking federal oversight and data tracking.

Caleb died on August 7, 2016 when he was going down the 168-foot-tall Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City. Details about how the incident occurred are still sketchy. But advocates say that this horrific tragedy points to flaws in the industry that put amusement park visitors, particularly children, at risk. …Read the rest »

 

10-year-old Boy Killed in Amusement Park Accident

By Brian Chase on August 9, 2016 - No comments

10 year old boy dies in waterpark accident

Caleb Schwab, the 10-year-old son of Kansas Congressman Scott Schwab, died from injuries he sustained in an amusement park accident the afternoon of August 7, 2016. According to a 41 Action News report, the boy died after he was decapitated while riding on the Verruckt at the Schlitterbahn water park. More than one guest at the water park told 41 Action News that the harness on the ride was not working earlier in the day. The Kansas City Police Department is investigating the death. Officials said Caleb suffered a fatal neck injury. The water park shut down and officials said they have closed the ride pending a complete investigation.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Caleb Schwab for their devastating loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. …Read the rest »

 

Knott’s Berry Farm Faces Lawsuit Over Child’s Severe Injuries

By Brian Chase on March 4, 2016 - No comments

A Utah family has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Knott’s Berry Farm claiming that their 10-year-old son was severely injured on a roller coaster when his leg got caught between the cart and the platform. In a negligence lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, the Burrei family said their Knott’s Berry Farm vacation in June 2014 turned into a nightmare when Carson Burrei’s foot got stuck on the Coaster Rider. …Read the rest »

 

Girl Dies A Day After Collapse After Magic Mountain Ride

By Brian Chase on June 17, 2015 - No comments

Six Flags Roller Coaster AccidentJasmine Martinez, a 10-year-old girl who was airlifted from Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park in Valencia, died a day later on June 13, 2015.

According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the girl, a resident of Ventura County, had just exited the Revolution ride and returned to the ride station when she collapsed at the park, located in northern Los Angeles County.

She was breathing at the time, but unconscious.

Ongoing Investigation

She had to be airlifted from the theme park to an area hospital, where she later died.

The ride has been temporarily closed pending a review. However, it was cleared to reopen shortly after the airlift.

Officials at Magic Mountain say there has been no evidence to suggest that this was in any way related to the ride.

It is not known if the girl had a pre-existing health issue. Revolution is a roller coaster that features a 90-foot tall vertical loop. The ride reaches speeds up to 55 mph.

According to a Magic Mountain representative, more than 45 million visitors have “safely ridden” Revolution since it opened in 1976.

Unanswered Questions

Based on this news report, it appears that Magic Mountain has reopened the Revolution ride after conducting an investigation and review, and determining that it was working just fine.

There are still many unanswered questions here.

Did the girl have a pre-existing medical condition? Did she suffer a medical episode when she was on the ride? Have there been other similar incidents on that ride?

These are just some of the questions, which must be asked and answered in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.

Amusement Ride Safety Tips

With the summer season just around the corner, here are a few tips for parents and caregivers when they take children to an amusement park or a county fair:

  • Be sure to obey age, height, weight and health restrictions.
  • Observe all posted ride safety rules.
  • Keep hands, feet, arms and legs inside the ride at all times.
  • Always use the safety equipment provided and don’t try to wriggle free of loosen restraints.
  • Parents with young children should ensure their children understand safe and appropriate ride behavior.
  • Don’t force anyone, especially children, to ride attractions they don’t want to ride or are not comfortable with.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a amusement park accident or ride accident, please contact an experienced Los Angeles amusement park accident lawyer who has successfully handled similar cases.

The at-fault parties in such cases can be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses caused.

 

Four Injured in Six Flags Magic Mountain Roller Coaster Derailment

By Brian Chase on July 9, 2014 - No comments

Six Flags Roller Coaster AccidentA fallen tree branch caused the Ninja roller coaster to derail at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park in Valencia to derail, injuring four and stranding several riders for nearly three hours before they were rescued.

According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the incident occurred on July 7, 2014 when the coaster struck a branch that was lying on the track, derailing the first car.

The Ninja ride will remain closed as inspectors survey the track and surrounding area.

Videos of the incident show that the coaster is located in the middle of a heavy growth of trees with some branches touching the supports holding up the roller coaster. YouTube videos of the coaster from last year show that the cars routinely came close to trees several times along the route. …Read the rest »

 

Three Suffer Injuries in Knott’s Berry Farm Amusement Ride Accident

By Brian Chase on January 2, 2013 - No comments

knotts berry farm rideThree people were hospitalized with injuries after an amusement ride accident in Knott’s Berry Farm during a busy holiday weekend. According to a KTLA news report, the injury accident occurred the afternoon of December 30, 2012. Officials say a wheel detached from a stagecoach ride. The stagecoach fell to its side and sent 14 passengers tumbling. Three were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to fully recover. Knott’s has closed the stagecoach ride pending an investigation.

My thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this ride accidents. It is indeed fortunate that more people were not injured. I wish the victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. …Read the rest »

 



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