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Amusement Park Ride Accidents - After All These Years

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The last time MyParenTime.com researched amusement park ride safety, we found that there were many accidents happening on all types of rides -- in small weekend fairs to big amusement parks. It seemed as though every month there was some type of accident to report. It's many years later...has anything changed? Is your family safe while enjoying a day at the amusement park? Below are just a few of the accidents that have been reported recently:

  • June 29, 2007 - Woman Killed on Playland Amusement Park Ride in Rye, NY. Gabriela Garin, 21, of White Plains was killed Friday night after fastening some late-arriving riders into their seats on the Mind Scrambler. This is the second fatal accident that this ride has had in less than four years. A 7-year-old girl was killed three years ago.

  • June 29, 2007 - Girl Is Critically Injured On Dania, FL Amusement Ride. A 13 year-old girl slammed her head while riding a teacup amusement park ride at Boomers.

  • June 25, 2007 - A 14-year-old girl died on Rock'n'Roller Coaster at Disneyland Paris. The girl lost consciousness, but the park's medical team's efforts were unsuccessful.

  • June 21, 2007 - A 13-year-old girl had her feet severed above the ankles on the Superman Tower of Power thrill ride at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.

  • June 16, 2007 - Roller coaster car derails at Geauga Lake amusement park. The accident happened on the Raging Wolf Bobs roller coaster. The train failed to climb an incline and rolled backwards. Twenty-four passengers on the ride were not injured.

  • June 16, 2007 Thirty-eight riders were left stranded atop the 65-foot-tall Timber Tower ride at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN, after a safety system engaged and stopped the ride at its highest point. None of the passengers were injured, and everyone was brought to safety after six hours.

  • June 11, 2007 In Maili, Hawaii, an inflatable castle-shaped bounce house broke loose from its anchors in sudden high winds, and was tossed 50 yards offshore with a 2-year-old and 5-year-old still inside. The older child fell from the house while it was in the air, but the younger child remained inside the bounce house which landed in the ocean. Both children were rescued and none were seriously injured. (Article: Time to Regulate Inflatables?)

Amusement park accidents continue to happen. It is our job to remain informative and aware of the dangers of park rides. Always talk to your family before visiting any amusement park -- remind them to always follow safety rules. Read up on ride accidents so you can familiarize yourself with carnivals and rides that have a negative history. We can still enjoy fun-filled days at an amusement park, as long as we continue to keep ourselves informed.

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