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Ride Inspector Suffers Hand Amputation at Carolina Amusement Park

A worker suffered an accidental hand amputation while inspecting a ride at Carowinds amusement park, a sprawling Charlotte, North Carolina theme park that straddles the North Carolina and South Carolina state lines. Authorities investigating the accidental hand amputation say it occurred March 6 while the worker was inspecting the 300-foot-tall Windseeker ride in the York County, South Carolina side of the park. The man was at the top of the tower when his hand reportedly became caught up in the ride’s pulley system. The Flint Hill, South Carolina Fire Department received a call reporting the emergency around 9 a.m. and ... Read More

Pirate Ship Ride Malfunction Sickens Several at Pennsylvania Amusement Park

Riders on a swinging pirate ship ride at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, amusement park got a little seasick after a malfunction left the ride in motion for several minutes, with no way for the captive passengers to escape. The pirate ship ride malfunction occurred at Kennywood Park, about 10 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh, where a number of other ride problems have occurred this month, various sources say. According to the Associated Press, the 35-year-old pirate ship ride continued to swing like a pendulum when its brakes failed. Park employees were able to engage a secondary brake system after about 10 ... Read More

Caleb Schwab’s Accidental Waterslide Death Leads To Murder Charges

Individuals and companies involved in the ownership, operation, and construction of the Verrückt waterslide in Kansas City, Kansas, find themselves facing charges of murder and other serious crimes over the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab. Caleb, the son of Kansas State Representative Scott Schwab, was decapitated when his raft went airborne on a hill of the Verrückt waterslide on Aug. 7, 2016. The 17-story waterslide was named the world’s tallest waterslide by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2014, shortly after it opened in the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in 2012. On Tuesday, March 27, a Wyandotte County grand jury indicted ... Read More

Man Blames Amusement Park Water Ride for Eye-Eating Parasite

A Pennsylvania man is suing a Pittsburgh amusement park for negligence after contracting a parasite that continues to eat away at his eye, which he claims came from dirty water at one of the park’s rides. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Robert Trostle and his wife Krystsina filed the lawsuit against Kennywood Entertainment, alleging the water surrounding the Raging Rapids ride was “dirty, stagnant and sludge-like.” The lawsuit says the couple noticed this while standing in line for the ride, which simulates a white-water rafting expedition, on July 2. They also observed that the waterfall at the ride was not operating, ... Read More

Girl Injured After Tumbling From Indiana Carnival RIde

A 5-year-old girl is recovering from injuries she suffered after falling off a carnival ride in Lebanon, Indiana, and becoming trapped underneath the moving ride. Witnesses expressed frustration and anger to WISHTV Indianapolis over the incident, which they indicated may have been caused by inattention and carelessness of the operator. “We noticed a little girl stand up and before she had a chance to sit back down, the ride operator started the ride,” one witness, whose child was also on the ride, told WISHTV. She said the ride’s operator failed to check that all the children seated in the Clown ... Read More

Deadly Waterslide Remains Standing Months After Boy’s Decapitation

The “world’s tallest waterslide” is expected to remain standing when the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, reopens in May, less than a year after 10-year-old Caleb Schwab’s brutal deal on the attraction. The waterpark wants the shuttered 168-foot-tall slide taken down because it stands as a grim reminder of Caleb’s horrific accident Aug. 7. The boy, the son of Kansas state representative Scott Schwab, was with his family on “Elected Officials Day” at the waterpark when the accident occurred. Some reports said that the ride’s safety straps failed to contain Caleb, who became airborne as his raft crested a ... Read More

Kansas Amusement Ride Bill Seeks Tougher Safety Regulations In Wake Of Waterslide Death

Kansas state legislators have advanced a new bill that would toughen the state’s amusement ride safety laws months after the 10-year-old son of a Kansas Republican lawmaker was decapitated on a 17-story waterslide. The bill will go to the House floor and will have to be approved by the full chamber. It currently seems to have broad bi-partisan support among the assembly’s Democrats, moderate Republicans, and far-right Republicans, the Kansas City Star reported. Republican Rep. John Barker of Abilene, who pushed for better regulations, told the Kansas City Star that the bill is a “comprehensive first step” because it covers ... Read More

“World’s Tallest Waterslide” To Be Demolished After Boy’s Death

The “world’s tallest waterslide” in a Kansas City, Kan. waterpark will be torn down once authorities complete their investigation into the death of a 10-year-old boy who was killed on the ride in August. Owners of the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City say they plan to demolish the 168-foot-tall waterslide, named “Verruckt” (German for “crazy”) “once the investigation is concluded and we are given permission by the court.” The waterpark, owned by Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts of New Braunfels, Texas is one of several waterparks the company operates, but the only one outside of Texas. The Kansas City waterpark drew ... Read More

Six Children Suffer Electrical Shocks On Connecticut Amusement Park Ride

Six children were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after experiencing electrical shocks on a ride at a Connecticut amusement park Tuesday afternoon. The children had been riding the Scrambler at Ocean Beach Park in New London and were exiting the ride when an electrical current apparently ran through the ride’s metal surfaces. The ride’s operator reported that he also was shocked when he went to turn the ride off. The incident occurred around 2 p.m. Eastern time. The children were taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in Waterford, Conn., for evaluation and treatment. One of the victims suffered ... Read More

Women Injured In Deadly Kansas City Waterslide Accident Suffer Physical And Emotional Trauma

The two women who shared a raft with the boy who was killed on the Verrückt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark August 7 are recovering from facial injuries and emotional trauma. The women, whose names have not been disclosed by authorities investigating the accident, are sisters from Smith Center, Kan., a town near the Nebraska border. They were seated in a raft behind 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who wanted to ride with his 12-year-old brother, Nate. But because of weight requirements on the slide, considered the world’s tallest waterslide, the brothers were seated with adults. Nate went down the ... Read More