4 Amusement Park Deaths

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4 Amusement Park Deaths

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Amusement parks are popular among tourists and locals alike, bringing fun to towns around the world. Summer and spring breaks bring an influx of visitors hoping for a day of rides and games. Safety regulations assure that these attractions will remain in working condition. Sadly, sometimes a malfunction may occur and disasters can happen. Here are four times something went wrong and turned a happy day into a gruesome scene.

 

Battersea Park Fun Fair in England had been open and operating for 20 years with a wooden roller coaster as the main attraction. This rickety old ride was known as the Big Dipper and functioned perfectly until late May 1972. The rope that carried cars to the top of a hill snapped, sending multiple cars careening backwards. This incident crushed five children to death and injured thirteen others. The Big Dipper was shut down, with the whole park following suit two years later.

Yet another attraction called the Big Dipper was the scene of an American disaster. Krug Park in Omaha, Nebraska was home to the large coaster whose brakes malfunctioned in 1930, causing several cars to fall 35 feet to the ground. Four people died, with nineteen others injured. After the incident, Omaha passed a law banning roller coasters within the city. Perhaps it’s best to avoid rides called the Big Dipper!

West Edmonton Mall in Canada was home to the triple-loop Mindbender, claimed to be the “world’s safest roller coaster.” In June 1986 a live concert was being held below the coaster when four bolts came loose from a wheel assembly. The final car crashed into a concrete pillar, crushing three people.

 

The final incident occurred in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2008. A 17-year-old boy lost his hat on Batman: The Ride at Six Flags. After exiting the attraction, he hopped two security fences to retrieve his hat that had flown off during the ride. He was soon decapitated by the coaster cruising at 50mph.

 

 

If you are planning on going to an amusement park over the summer, you have nothing to worry about! Safety procedures have been improved and as long as you make smart decisions, it is very rare that you will get hurt at all. Have fun!