http://amusementsafety.org/main_logo.gif

 
2010 Accidents & News

Ride Collapses; 7 Injured

 

12.31.10 - At Dream World amusement park in Thanyaburi, Thailand, seven children were injured after The Crazy Bus ride broke down.


The ride was carrying some 30 adults and children when it fell to the ground after its support broke off.

 

A woman who was there when the accident happened, said her nephews had sprained their ankles and were being treated at a local hospital

Train Accident; 7 Injured

 

12.5.10 - Seven people were injured, one seriously, on the Ocean Express at Ocean Park in Hong Kong.

 

A 70-year-old man was reported to be in critical condition at a local hospital after the train he was in came to a sudden halt. Seven people who were injured fell down when the train's braking system was activated.

The brakes had apparently been wrongly triggered and an investigation is pending.

Amusement Park Worker Loses 3 Fingers

 

11.29.10 - At Tokyo Dome City Attractions a 26-year-old female worker lost three fingers after her hand got caught in the motor of the free-fall ride "Tower Hacker."

She had three fingers cut off in the accident and was rushed to hospital.

According to reports, Tokyo Dome Corp., the incident occurred before the park opened -- causing the park to delay its opening until the afternoon.

 

The company has suspended the operation of the ride for the time being.

Girl Falls From Ride; Fractures Leg

 

11.8.10 - At Adhari Park in Bahrain an 11-year-old girl fractured her right leg after falling off the 'Octopus' ride.

According to the girl she went for a ride, but her hand slipped and she fell from the ride. She was rushed to a local hospital.

Park officials apparently confirmed the accident, but would not comment on it.

Boy, 17, Drowns at Minnesota Water Park

 

11.6.10 - At the Grand Rios Ramada Hotel and Indoor Water Park in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, a a 17-year-old boy was pulled from the bottom of the Hurricane Plunge slide.

According to a former Grand Rios Water Park lifeguard -- swimmers frequently become confused underwater when they emerge from the slide.

Teenagers Struck by Part of Ride

 

11.1.10 - At the Coastal Carolina Fair in Ladson, South Carolina, two 16-year-old girls were injured when a wheel from the Zipper ride came off the ride and struck them as they were waiting in line for another ride.

One of the girls was hit on top of the shoulder. The wheel then bounced off and hit the other girl on the left side of her head.

The girl who was struck on the shoulder was treated and released while the other girl was taken to a local hospital.

The ride was shut down and inspected overnight before reopening the next day.

 

Ride was being operated by Amusements of America of Monroe Township, New Jersey.

Boy, 5, Hung in Play Area

 

10.30.10 - At Magic City in Croatia a 5-year-old boy accidently hung himself while playing in the venues playroom.

 

Apparently the boy's neck got caught on ropes while he was playing in what was believed to be a bounce house.

 

His parents tried to revive the child, who was then taken to a local hospital -- where he was pronounced dead.

3 Injured When Roller Coaster Crashes Into Crane

 

10.21.10 - At Prater Amusement Park in Vienna, Austria, three people were injured when the "Volare" roller coaster crashed into a crane.


Two women were on the ride when it hit into the crane's hoist, which was apparently set close to the ride's rails. A painter sustained serious head injuries when he fell some 25+ feet to the ground, while one of the girl's broke her arm. The other girl suffered cuts and bruises.

Police are now investigating whether negligent assault charges could be pressed against the manager of the roller coaster, he apparently operated the roller coaster, unaware the worker was busy on the scaffolding.

 

Local newspapers are reporting that the roller coaster has been in operation many times while painters were working around the area.

Woman Falls From Carnival Ride

 

10.20.10 - At the Grand Sale Fair in Thailand, a 30-year-old woman received minor injuries after falling from the 'Tagada' ride.

She sustained minor cuts and bruises to her body and an apparent hip injury.

According to the woman, she was riding with her friends when she lost her grip on the rides railing and was thrown to the floor, while it was in operation.

She's also claiming that the ride owner/operator was negligent as the ride lacked safety features for riders. She is now seeking compensation for her medical bills.

Girl Nearly Has Finger Severed by Ride

 

10.14.10 - At the Banburys Michaelmas Fair in Banbury, England, a seven-year-old girl was injured when she got right index finger stuck between the safety bar and the lock on the Froggit ride.

Her father apparently knew there was something wrong when the safety bar was placed down running over to try and stop the ride. When her finger was released, he said it was, just hanging.

Medical personnel on-scene was able to put her finger back into place and splint it. She was then taken to a local hospital, where her finger was able to be re-attached.


The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident

Carnival Worker Killed Setting Up Ride

 

10.11.10 - A 43-year-old chief electrician with North American Midway Entertainment died after he was electrocuted setting up a ride at the South Carolina State Fair

Apparently the man was working on electrical equipment on the 'Rainbow' ride, which was not secure. Workers said they heard the man grunt and found him after he had been electrocuted.

 

An investigation is pending.

Related Accidents - North American Midway Entertainment:

10 Injured When Roller Coaster Cars Collide

 

10.7.10 - At Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, 10 people were injured when the Pony Express roller coaster cars collided in the station. 

 

The incident happened when one of the cars on a roller coaster didn't make it up a hill, rolling back and hitting a fully loaded car behind it.

 

The injured were take to local hospitals with minor back and neck injuries.

 

The ride has since been closed and an investigation is pending.

 

UPDATE: The fin brakes on the coaster had been painted, allowing the train to slide through the braking mechanism during the accident. Knott's has since removed the paint.
 

An investigation also found that no testing procedures were in place to simulate a failed coaster launch and subsequent roll-back. Knott's now simulatea a "short launch" each day before opening the ride to the public.

Woman Injured on Carnival Ride

 

10.6.10 - At the Tulsa State Fair in Tulsa Oklahoma, the Viper ride was closed after it apparently malfunctioned, injuring a woman's leg.

 

Apparently the ride began to malfunction and the operator shut it down.

 

The woman apparently wasn't prepared for the ride to stop and lower to the ground, and that's when the injury occurred.

 

State ride inspectors are investigating the accident and the ride has since been closed.  

 

The ride was being operated by Reed Exposition Midways of Baytown, Texas.

 

UPDATE: Ride was found to have a valve malfunction that did not cause the woman to break her ankle. The ride was re-opened.

Disneyland Paris Cleaner Killed

 

10.6.10 - A 53-year-old man was killed at Disneyland Paris after the ride was accidently turned on.

The man, an employee of a park subcontractor was severely injured in the accident on the "It's A Small World" attraction. He was airlifted to a local hospital where he died.

According to a preliminary investigation -- the worker got trapped beneath a boat on the ride when it was inadvertently turned on.

The ride has been closed until further notice as a police investigation continues.

Man, 68, Found Unresponsive

 

10.4.10 - At SeaWorld's Aquatica Water Park in Orlando, Florida. A 68-year-old visitor to the park was found unresponsive on the Roa's Rapids, a faster version of a lazy river.

Park lifeguards and Fire Department personnel performed life savings measures on the man. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he died.

 

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

Man, 22, Thrown From Carnival Ride

 

10.2.10 - At the Maui County Fair in Maui, Hawaii, a 22-year-old man was thrown from the 'Music Express' ride.

After being ejected from the ride, the man collided with a metal post and landed on a metal walk-way. He was rushed to a local hospital with what is believed to be lower back injuries.

An investigation is pending.

Carnival Ride Collapses; 5 Injured

 

10.2.10 - At the Frightland Halloween event in Middletown, Delaware, 5 people were injured when the 'Merry Mixer' ride collapsed.

 

The injured were taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

 

According to witnesses, a part of the ride came off, then flipped over.

 

The ride was being operated by Jim Houghton Enterprises of Cochranville, Pennsylvania.

Boy, 8, Falls From Ride

 

9.25.10 - At the Fort Bend County Fair in Rosenberg, Texas, an 8-year-old boy fell from the Wacky Worm ride.

According to the boy's father, he saw his son, "coming down the slope, coming around, when I saw him hanging out, I just kept on yelling, to shut the machine off, shut the machine off. Cut the roller coaster off."

The boy suffered a gash in his left cheek that punctured all the way through. He also suffered bruises on his chest and apparently hit his head on a bar.

The Fort Bend County Fair said it hired a private safety inspector to check the rides before they opened and all rides were deemed safe and cleared for operation.

 

The ride was being operated by Armstrong Shows of Las Vegas, Nevada.
 

An investigation is pending.

Girl, 3, Injured on Carnival Ride When Wheel Falls Off

 

9.24.10 - At the South Plains Fair in Lubbock, Texas, a 3-year-old girl suffered a bruised ankle on the "Go Gator" ride when one of the ride's wheels came off.

 

She was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released.

 

According to the ride's operator, Miller Spectacular Shows of  Greenbrier, Arkansas, " an independent ride inspector was hired to come on the grounds, he does pre opening inspections on all of the rides before opening at the fair, and then after that they undergo daily inspections also."

2-Year-Old Injured in Carnival Ride Accident

 

9.6.10 - At the Spencer Fair in Spencer, Massachusetts, a 2-year old girl was struck by five cars on the the Convoy ride after she stood up during the ride -- falling out.

Apparently the girl's mother ran her to an ambulance stationed at the fair. She was treated at a local hospital for scrapes and abrasions.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety closed the ride.

The ride was being operated by Gillette Shows.

Ride Operator and Child Hurt

 

8.17.10 - At the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg, Maryland, a ride operator was struck by the 'Vertigo' ride as he attempted to move a fence that had come in contact with a rider and had been dragged into the path of the ride.

 

Apparently some of the swings became bunched up and that caused the feet of some of the passengers to hit the surrounding fence. When a ride operator jumped the fence to try and push the fence out of the way, a swing hit him in the head.

He was alert and talking as he was taken to a local hospital for observation. A child riding the Vertigo was also treated for injuries to his foot.

The ride was being operated by Powers Great American Midways and it had recently passed a safety inspection before the start of the fair.

Various Injured After Amusement Park Train Tips Over

 

8.11.10 - At Tiny Town and Railroad in Morrison, Colorado, 20 adults and children were evaluated by paramedics after, "Train 10," a six-car, kid-sized train was going up an eight-foot tall hill and had it's engine car tip onto its right side, causing it to derail, roll, and spill its passengers.

 

Fifteen people were transported to local hospitals with injuries ranging from  cuts to broken bones.

 

An investigation is pending.

 

UPDATE: train derailment occurred when a train engineer reached for a brake lever, but mistakenly pulled the accelerator lever as the train hit a sharp curve.

 

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment says the volunteer engineer at Tiny Town was driving between 12 and 17 mph, as much as five times the normal speed limit, when a train went off the track.

Boy, 17, Falls From Skyride in New Jersey

 

8.8.10 - At Seaside Heights Boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, a 17-year-old boy was taken to a local hospital after he fell from the Skyride attraction. His injuries were unknown.

According to the State of New Jersey's Department of Community Affairs division, there have been a total of 4 inspections on the ride this season, with the last one involving the follow up to a violation. That violation apparently involved a non working phone in one of the rides loading areas.

Girl Dies After Riding Carnival Ride

 

8.7.10 - At the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, a female girl who was believed to be between the ages of 18-19 became ill after riding the "Mega Drop" ride and later died at a local hospital.

The girl apparently became ill after riding the Mega Drop ride and was treated at the fair. She was then transported to a local hospital where she later died.
 

According to the fair's president there was no issue with the 'Mega Drop' ride and it remains opened.

Girl, 3, Shocked on Carnival Ride

 

8.7.10 - At the Festival of Friends carnival in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, a three-year-old girl received an electrical shock as she boarded the Hampton Dune Buggy ride.

The girl was apparently not seriously hurt or burned, however, she was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) inspected the ride before the festival started and deemed it safe. The ride has since been shut down and the TSSA is investigating the accident.

The ride is owned by GTA Amusements of Michigan.

Roller Coaster Riders Struck by Balloon; Various Injured

 

8.5.10 - At Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, Virginia, riders on The Griffon roller coaster were struck by a runaway 25-foot balloon.

Injuries sustained included sore necks and backs. All the injured were apparently able to walk off the ride on their own. Most of the injured were treated on-site, with five riders seeking treatment at a local hospital.

Apparently park employees were attempting to deflate a balloon that's apart of the Illuminights park-wide pyrotechnic show, when winds picked the balloon up and carried it into the path of the roller coaster train.

The ride, which was shut down after the incident, is expected to re-open.


Per park standard, crews are to shut down the Griffon roller coaster when a wind alarm registers winds of 40 mph.

Guests Sick at Water Park in Minnesota

 

8.5.10 - At Valleyfair's Soak City Waterpark in Shakopee, Minnesota, some 26 people went to the hospital after the smell of chlorine caused throat and eye irritation issues.


According to a Valleyfair spokesman, the pool pump restarted and apparently sent out a stronger-than-usual odor of chlorine and as a precaution he water park was evacuated for about 20 minutes. Chlorine levels in the water and air were tested and found to be normal.

Girl, 12, Injured When Safety Net Fails to Catch Her

 

7.30.10 -  At Extreme World amusement park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin a 12-year-old girl plunged more than 140 feet to the ground seriously injuring herself when a safety net under the "Terminal Velocity" attraction failed to catch her.

The ride is an unattached, controlled free fall type ride. Riders are outfitted in a special harness, taken up in an elevator, and then dropped straight down into a big supported net.

The net mechanism that's suppose to break the fall, was not high enough above the ground, and the girl struck the ground.


The girl was taken to the hospital by helicopter and remains in critical condition.

 

UPDATE: Accident was due to ride operator error. Operator did not check to see if safety net below girl was set.

 

UPDATE: Chuck Carnell, 33, has been charged with one count of first-degree-reckless injury, a felony punishable by up 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

Carnell told investigators that he "blanked out" and never saw the "all-clear" signal before releasing 12-year-old Teagan Marti, according to the criminal complaint.

According to reports released Monday, other riders told police that when Carnell realized the child had fallen, he hit himself in the head, then got on his radio and said he had just killed her and should go to jail. He also asked to have his pastor come to the amusement park.

UPDATE: State Department of Commerce officials released a report on Thursday that blames operator error for the accident that injured a girl at the Extreme World amusement park in Wisconsin Dells last month.


State officials said that the ride was properly registered and had been inspected annually since it was approved for construction in 2001. Instead of something mechanical, officials said in the report that their investigation points to mistakes by the operator at the top of the ride as the likely cause of the accident.


The report said that all witness statements and information from the law enforcement said that Marti was released from the ride's cage before it had reached its top position and before the safety net was in its proper position.
Officials said that as the cage with the injured girl started to ascend, the operator on the ground "stopped it to put more air in the tubes that form the outside of the net." They said as the tubes were being filled, the operator at the top of the ride opened the bottom of the cage and prepared the girl for the dive. The operator then released Marti, not realizing that the cage hadn't reached the top of the ride or that the net wasn't in place.


Officials said that based on their examination, they don't believe hand signals were used between the two operators. They said that ride protocol states "hand signals are to be used between the operator at the bottom of the ride and the operator at the top of the ride to check and to verify that the cage is at the top before a dive is executed."

Police Reports:

Girl, 9, Thrown From Ride

 

7.27.10 - At the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, California, a 9-year-old girl suffered minor injuries after she was thrown from the 'Super Himalaya' ride.
 

The girl was apparently riding in one of the ride's cars between two other riders when she was thrown from the ride as it went backwards. She was taken to a local hospital for medical care.


According to ride operators, the lap bar and ride didn't appear to malfunction. An investigation is pending and the ride has been closed.


The ride is owned by Davis Enterprises.

3 Injured After Roller Coaster Malfunctions

 

7.22.10 - At Trimper's Rides in Ocean City, Maryland, three people sustained injuries on the "Tidal Wave" roller coaster.

 

Officials suspect some type of apparent mechanical failure caused the injuries to three children between the ages of 10 and 15.
 

All three of the injured were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. One of the injured was said to have sustained back and neck injuries.

 

UPDATE: A cable snapped as the ride started and a computer system seized up the cart. Parts were replaced by the manufacturer (Vekoma) according to specifications. The ride was put back into service Aug. 14 following a re-inspection.

Boy, 3, Thrown From Ride

 

7.18.10 - At the Dagenham Town Show in Essex, England, a 3-year-old boy was thrown from the Sky Diver ride after a child’s shoe came off, struck him, and knocked him out.

The boy apparently was hit in the head while on the ride, slipped out of his safety restraint, and fell to the ground.

Bystanders administered first aid and he was then transported to a local hospital.

The Health and Safety Executive along with local police are investigating the accident. They’re trying to figure out if the ride was faulty or if the boy was too young or small to be riding.

Man Injured on Carnival Ride in Minnesota

 

7.18.10 - At the Duk-Duk Daze in New Hope, Minnesota, a man was hurt on the Tornado ride when he and two kids were trying to get off of the ride.

According to witnesses, the man and kids were attempting to get off the ride when it started back up. The man suffered a cut to his arm and was transported to the hospital.
 

An investigation is pending.

Girl, 15, Killed; 3 Injured in Amusement Park Accident

 

7.17.10 -  At Tibidabo Park in Barcelona, Spain a 15-year-old girl was killed and three other children were injured when the "Pendulum" ride collapsed,

The collapse was apparently due to part of the supporting structure giving way.  Causing the who ride structure to fall over onto a nearby ride, destroying the ride 4-passenger ride basket.

Witnesses described hearing noises while the ride was in motion. They then heard screaming,and park personnel running in the direction of the ride.

The ride was acquired in July 2006 and rises some 125 feet high, hits 62 miles per house in 2.8 seconds, and has a 82 foot arm that holds a four person basket.

 

The ride was allegedly reviewed daily and was apparently subjected to an external inspection about a month ago accident.

 

An investigation is pending.

Carnival Worker, 44, Killed by Ride

 

7.17.10 -  At the Black Cross Festival in Lichtenvoorde, The Netherlands, a 44-year-old male worker was killed when he became wedged between the 'Body Shake' attraction during a test run.


Medical personnel rushed to the scene and a trauma helicopter was summoned, but the man died on the scene.

 

An investigation is currently pending.

10 Injured After Ride Falls Apart

 

7.16.10 -  At the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Canada, six teenagers were sent to hospital, while four others suffered only minor injuries when the "Scorpion" ride fell apart

Apparently a part of one of the arms on the circling ride wrenched free, sending riders tumbling to the ground. Riders and on lookers described a chaotic scene of screaming and crying.

 

One of the injured sustained punctured lungs, damage to her spleen, kidneys and scrapes to her body that are equivalent to 3rd degree burns. Another boy was said to have sustained head injuries.

 

The Scorpion ride had underwent an inspection earlier in the day, as well.

 

The ride was being operated by North American Midway and an investigation is pending.

Related Accidents - North American Midway Entertainment:

Woman, 21, Dead After Fall From Roller Coaster

 

7.11.10 - At Dixie Landin' amusement park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a woman died after falling from the “Xtreme” roller coaster.
 

It is unknown what caused the woman to fall out of the ride. One eyewitness was quoted as saying, “The thing that goes over your chest came up and she was trying to put it down, pull it back over her, when she made that turn and I guess she couldn't pull it over her because the next thing you know, she was hitting the ground.”
 

The fire marshal indicated that the ride was just checked out last month and no violations or mechanical problems were found.
 

An investigation is pending.

Girl Thrown From Ride

 

7.3.10 - At the Copmanthorpe Carnival in Dunnington, York, England, a girl was thrown out of the “Cliffhanger” ride after her harness apparently broke.

The girl was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated and released for cuts and bruises.
 

The ride was apparently and impounded and an investigation was launched to find out how the incident could have occurred.

The ride had ride had been inspected three weeks prior to the incident and was given a certificate indicating that it was safe to operate.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the accident.

Fair Ride Fails; 7 Injured

 

7.1.10 - At the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, California, seven people were injured after a chain broke on the "Wacky Worm," roller coaster.

The accident apparently caused a chain to dangle in front of the ride, which struck the seven injured riders. An adult and a child were transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries. Four other children and another adult were treated at the scene.

 

The ride has been shut down so state inspectors can look into what caused the chain to break. According to an independent inspector on site, the chain that caused the problem was less than a year old and it appeared that a link may have come loose.

 

The ride was being operated by Butler Amusements.

Other Accidents Involving -- Butler Amusements:

  • Child, 6, Killed After Fall From Ferris Wheel
  • Carnival Worker Knocked Out by Amusement Ride
  • Brother and Sister Break Arms on Butler Amusement Ride
  • Boy Injured on Carnival Ride
  • 35-year-old man and  32-year old Woman Ejected From Butler Amusement Ride (PDF)
  • Amusement Park Accident; 6 Dead, Various Injured

     

    6.29.10 - At Ecoventure Valley Amusement Park in Overseas Chinese Town East (near Shenzhen, Guangdong, China), an accident involving the 'Space Journey' motion simulator ride left six people dead and at least nine others injured.

    The 'Space Journey' ride, which contains 11 compartments, each accommodating four people, experienced a loss of power and reportedly fell some 35 feet to the ground.

     

    Many of the riders inside were unconscious when firefighters entered into the compartments to free them.


    One rider was reported as saying, "I heard a bang and then lost consciousness." That person suffered fractures of her right hand and left leg.

     

    An investigation is underway to determine what went wrong.

     

    UPDATE: The accident was due to a design fault. The ride spun out-of-control after a screw bolt between the supporting system of the simulator and the piston rod snapped.

    Bad design made checking and maintaining the screw bolt difficult, which resulted in the bolt's wear and tear and eventual break.

    Although the danger was noticed during installation, no effective measures were taken to eliminate the risk. In the accident, one cabin collided with three other cabins as it plummeted to the ground.

    The simulator was designed in China and produced by the Jiuhua Amusement Rides Manufacturing Co. Ltd in Beijing, The ride apparently went into a trial operation May 1, 2009 and passed its annual safety inspection in March 2010.

     

    Update 4/19/12: Eight people were given jail terms.

    The eight people received jail terms ranging from 18 months to five years after being convicted of violating safety codes that led to the deadly accident.

    The court found that several safety code violations in the design, construction, installation and maintenance of the ride facilities led to the accident.

    Carnival Worker Killed Dismantling Ride

     

    6.28.10 -  A carnival worker died while taking down a Ferris wheel at West Valley City's West Fest in Utah.
     

    The man, 41, was assisting three other men in taking down the ride when his head became pinned between a cross beam and a drive wheel.

     

    An investigation is pending.

    Boy, 9, Drowns at Water Park

     

    6.24.10 - At Mont Saint-Sauveur water park near Montreal, Canada, a nine-year-old boy drowned while on a field trip to celebrate the last day of school.

    Apparently, the boy was in the park's wave pool, when children began to scream when they found him floating. Lifeguards pulled the boy out and performed CPR.

    The boy was transported to a local hospital, where he would later die.

     

    An investigation is pending and the wave pool has been closed.

    Fair Worker Struck by Ride; Leg Severed

     

    6.23.10 - At the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, a carnival worker,

    lost his leg below the knee after he stepped in front of the 'Wacky Worm' ride, as it was in operation.

     

    According to the carnival company, Midway of Fun, the man is in his mid 20 and has been an employee for about four months.

     

    The ride has since been re-opened after an investigation showed that there was nothing wrong with the ride.

     

    Related Information: Carnival Accidents in California

     

    Update: An investigation found that Midway of Fun hadnt provided the ride operator with training for a situation where someone walks into the path of a ride that is in operation.

    It wasnt determined why the man went into the fenced area of ride, moving a three-foot-tall movable metal gate to do so. It did not appear the man was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol

    Woman, 61, Killer After Fall From Roller Coaster

     

    6.19.10 - At Terra Encantada amusement park in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, a 61-year-old woman died after she fell some 30 feet from the Monte Aurora roller coaster.

     

    Apparently, the woman was on the ride with her daughter, when her daughter indicates that the restraint holding her mother in failed.

     

    The ride has since been closed and an investigation is pending.

    Hydraulic Line Breaks; Two Riders Injured

     

    6.10.10 - At Claud-Elen Days in Chillicothe, Illinois, two female riders were injured when hydraulic fluid sprayed them in their faces and upper body as they rode a Ferris wheel.

    After several minutes, the two riders were taken off the ride and reportedly had trouble seeing.

    A mother of one the girls was apparently angry that the teenage riders were not taken to a hospital for treatment.

    The two girls eventually went to the hospital where they took showers and had their eyes rinsed out with saline solution.

    The girls reportedly sustained chemical burns and scratches on their eyes.

     

    According to Claud-Elen Days' facebook page, the carnival is a, "Local carnival to raise money to assist the funding of Rescue 33 (local ambulance service) along with other local causes."

     

    Related Information: Carnival Accidents in Illinois

    Boy, 11, Smashes Face Into Restraint

     

    5.25.10 - At Parque Espana-Shima Spain Village located in Shima, Mie, Japan an 11-year-old boy was injured on the ‘Pyrenees’ roller coaster after hitting his face into his restraint.

     

    After getting off the ride the boy apparently had a nosebleed and was complaining of right eye pain, which turned out to be a broken eye socket.

    The boy was apparently riding in the first row of the roller coaster train when the incident occurred. He met all requirements to ride the roller coaster, which does not allow anyone under 4 foot 3 to ride.

    An investigation is pending and there did not appear to be any issues with the ride itself.

    Woman, 63, Suffers Injuries on Wooden Roller Coaster

     

    5.9.10 -  At Gulliver's Warrington amusement park in Warrington, Cheshire , England a woman suffered back type injuries when The Antelope wooden roller coaster came to a stop.
     

    She was transported via spinal board off the ride and to the hospital for medical evaluation.
     

    According to Gulliver's there were no issues with the ride and it was in perfect working order.

     

    [Ed Note: Does perfect working order involve a rough bouncy roller coaster with thickly padded trains?]

    4 Injured After Chain Breaks

     

    5.9.10 - At Yerevan's Victory Park in Armenia 4 people were injured when a chain broke on the Typhoon ride. The ride was apparently operating without a license and a criminal case has been filed.

     

    2 of the injured, as of this report, remain hospitalized.

     

    Related Information: Carnival Accidents in Europe

    Girl, 11, Thrown From Ride

     

    5.8.10 - At the Flora Day fair in Helston, England, an 11-year-old girl was injured after being thrown from the 'Waltzer' ride and landing some 20+ feet away from the ride.
     

    Apparently, the girl was one of five or six people who were injured on the same ride, however, the other injuries were said to be minor. The 11-year-old girl broke her tailbone, suffered bruises over her body, and a black eye.
     

    The Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation into the mishap.

    Man, 20, Thrown From Ride

     

    5.4.10 - A 20-year old man was thrown from the Super Bob ride as it was in motion at a fun fair in the Little Roodee Car Park in Chester, England.

    The man sustained minor cuts and bruises and was released from the hospital.

    The Health and Safety Executive is looking into the accident.

    Ride Stalls; Rider's Suspended Upside Down

     

    5.3.10 - At Flamingo Land amusement park in Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, England, a group of riders on the Mumbo Jumbo were trapped upside

    down 50 feet in the air when a rider's article of clothing became jammed in the wheel assembly.


    Apparently, employees were able to free the riders after about 20 minutes.

    The Mumbo Jumbo roller coaster features a 112-degree drop and is manufactured by S&S Power of Logan, Utah.                

    Roller Coaster Malfunctions

     

    4.28.10 - At Holiday Park in Hassloch, Germany, the Expedition Geforce roller coaster suffered a failure, stranding various riders, who were evacuated some 65 feet in the air due to a wheel assembly from the train coming off mid ride.


    Eight people complained of mild pain and nausea and were observed by medical personal at the scene.

    The ride had recently passed a safety inspection. In October of 2009, the same ride had a failure that was attributed to a broken cable.

    Safety Cage Fails; 2 Injured

     

    4.23.10 - At the Geauga County Maple Festival in Chardon, Ohio, two girls were injured when a safety cage opened while being suspended upside down on the 'Skydiver' ride.
     

    An investigation is pending as to why the safety caged opened while the ride was in operation. It is believed to be ride operator error.

    Woman, 33, Has Fingers Severed by Ride; Children Injured

     

    4.11.10 - In Bell Gardens, California, a 33-year-old woman had two fingers severed when the Tilt-A-Twirl ride she was riding with her children malfunctioned.

     

    Apparently, a part of the ride broke off, causing the ride to become unsecured with her children suffering bruises and abrasions because of the accident.

     

    The carnival operator, Paul Maurer Shows, apparently accepted liability for the accident.

     

    The woman was taken to a local hospital, however, it is unknown if her fingers were reattached.

     

    An investigation is pending.

    Woman, 26, Strangled to Death on Go-Kart

     

    4.9.10 - At a go-kart track in Port Stephens, Australia, a woman wearing a hjiab was strangled to death while go-karting.
     

    The woman died when her headscarf became entangled in the wheel of her go-kart, tightening around her neck.

    Emergency workers were called to the scene, and the woman, who suffered severe neck and throat injuries, was transferred to a local hospital. Where she would later die.

    The police have seized the cart and launched an investigation into the accident.

    3 Stranded on Ride in Australia

     

    4.9.10 - Three people were stuck upside down some 20 feet in the air on an amusement ride at Sydney's Royal Easter Show.

    The three were treated and released by emergency personnel.

     

    An investigation is being conducted to find out what went wrong.

    3 Girls Injured on Carnival Ride

     

    4.5.10 - At the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, three girls were injured when a Ferris wheel car broke free and fell about 25 feet.
     

    Two of the girls suffered back injuries while another girl sustained cuts and abrasions. The girls were taken to a local hospital for observation.
     

    The ride was shut down while an investigation is conducted.

    Man, 34, Killed by Amusement Ride

     

    4.3.10 - At Vienna's Prater amusement park in Austria, a 34-year-old man was killed after he tried to get on a moving ride.

    Apparently, the man, who was drunk, wanted to ride again, and ran back to get on board the ride which had already started. The ride operator watched as the drunk man jumped at the spinning ride. He attempted to push the emergency stop button, however, it was too late.
     

    An investigation is pending.

    Boy Falls From Carnival Ride

     

    3.29.10 - At the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo, a boy was injured after he fell from a carnival ride.

    According to the boy's mother, he was not secured to the ride as it began spinning and he fell off.

    The boy was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.

     

    FYI: Carnival Ride Accidents -- Florida

    Water Park Accident; 25 Injured

     

    3.27.10 - At Shahinshahr Water Park in Isfahan, Iran, 25 people were injured when a water slide suffered what was called, "technical failure."

    As a result of the accident, two of the injured suffered serious head injuries, while others were sent to the hospital with various types of bone fractures.

     

    An investigation is pending.

    Boy,5, Falls Out of Ride

     

    3.26.10 - At the Xscape party center in Indianapolis, Indiana, a five-year-old boy suffered a serious head injury after he fell out of the ‘Mini Teacups’ ride.

    The child was taken to a local hospital and was said to be unconscious, but breathing.

    The ride has since been shut down by Xscape party center. Xscape party center apparently also did not report the accident to the Indiana Homeland Security office, which is responsible for investigating the accident. The park must report any accident within 4 hours after it has occurred.

    According to a spokesman for the agency, they had no record of Xscape contacting them and that they would “educate them,” as sometimes they do not know they need to contact his agency in a proper manner.


    An investigation is pending.

    Boy,4, Dead After Fall From Inflatable

     

    3.23.10 - At Pure Entertainment in Wichita, Kansas, a young boy died after suffering a severe head injury.

    Apparently the four-year-old boy was there for a birthday party.

     

    The owner of Pure Entertainment indicated that the child's parents were misusing the equipment when the child fell and hit his head on a concrete floor.

    The boy was rushed to the hospital after the accident, however, he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

    Disney Worker Struck by Go-Kart

     

    3.14.10 -At Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, a Disney cast member was struck by a go-kart driven by a guest on the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway attraction.


    The ride was temporarily closed for a few hours as the injured employee was airlifted to a local hospital with a broken leg.

    The track was later re-opened after it was deemed safe by Disney officials.

    Girl, 5, Thrown Into Pond

     

    1.17.10 - In Jacksonville, Florida, a 5-year-old girl was carried into a

    nearby pond when a gust of wind picked up the bounce house she was in.

    Neighbor's dove into the pond, saving the 5-year-old's life.

    The girl and one of her rescuers were taken to a local hospital for observation.

    © Amusement Safety Organization. All rights reserved.
    Contact Us