Personal Injury

Child Thrown From Roller Coaster Airlifted To Pittsburgh Hospital

roller coaster injury Pennsylvania image by WPIX Chopper 11 371x210 Child Thrown From Roller Coaster Airlifted To Pittsburgh HospitalA 3-year old child was airlifted to a Pennsylvania hospital Thursday after being thrown from a roller coaster at an amusement park near Pittsburgh.

The accident occurred at the Idlewild & Soak Zone in Ligonier, a Southwestern Pennsylvania town about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh. Initial reports said the child fell from the park’s “Rollo Coaster,” one of the two roller coasters in an amusement park featuring mostly children’s rides and attractions.

The child was flown to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The extent of the child’s injuries was not made public Thursday afternoon.

According to Idlewild & Soak Zone, the Rollo Coaster was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and first opened to the public in 1938. The coaster has two trains that “carry riders up and down along a wooded hillside then turn around in a swooping curve and return to the station.”

The park says that children must be at least 36” tall to ride the Rollo Coaster and anyone under 48” must be accompanied by an adult. According to WTAE Action News 4 Pittsburgh, the cars on the ride do not include seatbelts.

Park officials shut the ride down while authorities investigate the accident. The rest of the park remained open to visitors.

The incident was the third U.S. amusement ride accident this week. On Sunday, 10-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed on a water slide in Kansas City, Kan., after being ejected from a raft. On Monday, three girls fell from near the top of a Ferris wheel when their cart overturned at the Greene County Fair in Greeneville, Tenn.

WTAE Action News 4 Pittsburgh
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