Cedar Point Roller Coaster Accident Kills One
- October 1, 2021
- Premises Accidents
In 2015, a Cedar Point roller coaster accident killed a man. This hasn’t been the only ride that ended badly at Cedar Point, or at amusement park roller coasters across the country. Too many people have died or suffered serious injuries when what was planned to be a day of fun turned into tragedy.
There Have Been Cedar Point Deaths and Injuries from Accidents
Roller coasters like the Cedar Point Valravn are built to scare us. However, they are supposed to scare us in a way that is controlled. They should be exhilarating, terrifying, challenging — but ultimately safe. We ride roller coasters in order to feel like we’re being hurtled through space in chaotic fashion, but we expect to be calmly rolled back into station after the ride’s designated time is up. So, when disaster strikes, it blurs a line between designed thrills and the different sort of chaos that can result when some rules are not obeyed.
While roller coaster and other amusement park accidents are rare, they can cause serious injuries and death. Victims who survive may be left with physical and emotional pain and trauma; financial losses from property damage, medical, hospital, and rehabilitative bills; and lost income if unable to work. Family and social life may never be the same. Sometimes, roller coaster accidents can be caused by negligence on the part of amusement park staff.
For example, in September 2021, at Colorado’s Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, ride operators failed to notice that a 6 year-old girl sat on top of her safety belts instead of being buckled in. The monitoring equipment would have notified the operators of the problem, but it was not properly maintained. The girl tragically died as a result of these negligent actions.
If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in an entertainment park accident that was caused by another party’s negligence or fault, you may be entitled to compensation that can cover your financial losses and the suffering you are going through.
New York injury law is complicated, and insurance companies will try to get you to settle for the lowest amount possible; but help is available from the experienced personal injury lawyers at Kaplan Lawyers PC. We can take the burden off you by determining if you have a valid case and what it should be worth, investigating the accident and gathering evidence, handling all aspects of your legal claim and aggressively negotiating with all relevant parties and insurance companies to fight for a settlement that can alleviate your financial worries and allow you to concentrate on getting well.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the facts of your case. We work on a contingency basis, so there are no fees to you until we win a settlement. Call us today at (516) 399-2364.
Has Anyone Died at Cedar Point?
On June 26, 2019, two trains at Cedar Point bumped on the Valravn roller coaster. One witness who was in line at the time of the crash reported, “I felt a huge vibration and crash, people were screaming, and people running out of line.”
Fortunately, there were no deaths involved in Valravn’s 2019 crash at Cedar Point. Several people on the trains involved were removed and examined by First Aid, but there are no reliable reports of serious injuries. However, the accident was definitely a warning sign, and Cedar Point responded by closing down the roller coaster for several weeks. Valravn would not reopen until July 12, 2019.
Even though no one was seriously harmed in the most recent Cedar Point accident, not all incidents involving roller coasters at Cedar Point have ended so fortunately. The park has a history of accidents, some being the fault of the park and some being the fault of guests who weren’t following safety procedures. As recently as 2015, a man was killed by Cedar Point’s Rapture roller coaster. Let’s get into a little more detail about that accident, as well as a few more crashes that have taken place at Cedar Point.
How Many People Have Died at Cedar Point?
There Have Been Multiple Deaths and Injuries in Earlier Cedar Point Entertainment Company Accidents
The Cedar Fair Entertainment Company is a multi-establishment entertainment conglomerate that owns and operates many water, theme, and amusement parks across the country. Cedar Point, where these accidents took place, is the second-longest continually running amusement park in America. Unfortunately, there is a dark side to this otherwise fun-loving company. Many accidents and deaths have taken place over the years.
Some deaths have been caused by risky and foolish behavior. That was the case in 2015 when an East Canton man went traversing prohibited grounds in an attempt to retrieve some things he had dropped. Rules were not obeyed. At Cedar Point’s well-renowned Sandusky location, while riding the famous Rapture roller-coaster, 45-year-old area man James Young lost the contents of his pockets. Such is the nature of gravity and pockets without zippers. Despite clear and abundant signage warning customers against exactly this sort of foolhardy exploration, James Young went over a fence in search of his belongings in the dangerous sub-coaster area. Part of the Raptor’s appeal is the high velocity to which its trains ascend. Couple that with the corkscrews, loop-de-loops and sudden chandelles, and it’s not hard to imagine how Mr. Young was blindsided and struck by the coaster. At 57mph, and built of steel, the force was too much and the impact was, tragically, lethal. The only silver lining to the whole ordeal was that none of the riders involved were injured.
However, as the previous account sets up, and as the following list of incident summaries will go on to prove, the overall fault is shared between theme park operators and the park-goers themselves. Sometimes corporate negligence is to blame, and at other times it is a customer’s failure to adhere to safety protocols that causes accidents.
Instances of Cedar Point Accidents
- In August 2021, at a Cedar Point Roller Coaster ride in Sandusky, OH, a woman was hit by a metal part that came loose from a roller coaster car and flew through the air. She suffered a serious head injury.
- In 2013, at the Cedar Point location, a water-level calibration error led one of Snake River Fall’s boats to jump from its water track.
- In July of 2004, metal debris was expelled forcefully from the launch cable of Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster ride as the coaster was deployed. Four passers-by were struck by the high-speed metallic scrap, though all survived. Two were treated on-site and the others brought to a nearby hospital.
- In 1999, at the Carowinds location in South Carlina, two trains on the Thunder Road ride collided, possibly due to a sensor malfunction.
- In 1998, a man was killed in a manner similar to James Young’s accident, though at California’s Great America. This man was struck by the legs of a rider as he sought to retrieve belongings he’d dropped while riding a roller coaster. He spoke only Spanish, but the signs in the area were written in English, so he was unaware of the danger that awaited him. This is an easily rectifiable problem, one that could have been avoided had the signs been translated into more languages, catering to a wider customer base.
- In 1989, two boys leaped out of the Logger’s Run ride, also at California’s Great America. One of the boys died. Certainly, blame cannot be leveled at the park for this incident. Unfortunately, the naïveté of young and foolishly adventurous boys was responsible for this tragic event.
- In 1984, on the Cedar Creek Mine ride, a young boy fell from his coaster car during a 30-foot plummet and fractured his skull. This incident seems to establish a neutral ground between the binary of blame outlined above. Sometimes, even when safety equipment is properly engaged by workers and regulations are followed by customers, accidents still happen.
As you can see, there is a lot of gray area when it comes to the fault assigned in roller coaster accidents. What’s more important than determining blame in each isolated incident is, in the opinion of Kaplan Lawyers PC, that the powers-that-be work together with the individual park operators to keep thrill-seekers informed of the rules. If those rules are then enforced stringently, we believe fewer accidents will occur. In this scenario, everybody wins.
When Negligence Causes Cedar Point Accidents
You May Be Entitled to Compensation for a Cedar Point Accident, If Another Party Is at Fault
In cases where another party is at fault for causing the accident, you may be able to win compensation for the losses you sustained. In addition to the Cedar Point Entertainment Company, negligent parties may include the manufacturer of equipment that failed, the operator of the ride, or the manager of the individual park where the accident took place.
In a successful case, our Kaplan attorneys can win a monetary award, called damages, as compensation for your injuries. In New York, damage awards usually fall into two categories: compensatory damages, for economic and non-economic losses; and punitive damages, to punish someone for extreme wrongdoing.
Economic Damages — cover your monetary losses for costs and expenses that result from the accident, such as medical and therapy bills, lost earnings from being unable to work, and any property damage.
Non-economic Damages – for damages which do not have a specific dollar value but negatively affect your life, such as pain and suffering, mental and emotional anguish, permanent disability or disfigurement, and loss of consortium and enjoyment of life.
To win your case, we must prove negligence legally by showing the following elements:
- Duty: The defendant owed you a duty of care to act responsibly and not to cause harm.
- Breach: The defendant breached this duty.
- Cause: The defendant’s breach caused your injuries.
- Damage: You suffered damages as a result.
Amounts of Damage Awards You May Recover
The amount of damages you may be awarded for personal injury or wrongful death can vary greatly, from thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the individual circumstances of the case and the extent of your injuries. When you contact our lawyers, we will evaluate your case and come up with an estimate of what it should be worth and fight to win the compensation you deserve.
Do You Have a Cedar Point Roller Coaster Accident Case?
Roller coaster accidents are incredibly rare. Which is fortunate, because nothing is so disheartening as the stark contrast between the bright, raucous merriment of a theme park and the grim alternative scene endured by those left to grieve after unspeakable tragedy.
Have you or a loved one been injured at a water park or amusement park? Has your day of fun turned into a day of misery because of the malfeasance or neglect of a proprietor? If we can prove that negligence had a hand in your injuries, we may be able to win you compensation. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we have a team of compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys adept at proving just that. To learn more about your rights, contact us today and we’ll schedule a free consultation.
Call Kaplan Lawyers today at (516) 399-2364.
List of incidents at independent amusement parks
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This is a summary of notable incidents that have taken place at various independently owned amusement parks, water parks or theme parks. This list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of every such event, but only those that have a significant impact on the parks or park operations, or are otherwise significantly newsworthy.
The term incidents refers to major accidents, injuries, deaths and significant crimes. While these incidents are required to be reported to regulatory authorities for investigation, attraction-related incidents usually fall into one of the following categories:
- Negligence on the part of the park, either by ride operator or maintenance.
- Caused by negligence on the part of the guest. This can be a refusal to follow specific ride safety instructions, or deliberate intent to break park rules.
- The result of a guest's known, or unknown, health issues.
- Act of God or a generic accident (e.g. slipping and falling) that is not a direct result of an action on anyone's part.
Main article: Action Park
- On July 8, 1980, a 19-year-old was riding the Alpine Slide when his car jumped the track and his head struck a rock, killing him.
- On July 24, 1982, a 15-year-old boy drowned in the Tidal Wave Pool.
- On August 1, 1982, a 27-year-old man from Long Island got out of his tipped kayak on the Kayak Experience to right it. While doing so, he stepped on a grate that was either in contact with, or came too close to, a section of live wiring for the underwater fans, causing a severe shock and cardiac arrest. Several other members of his family nearby were also injured. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Warwick, New York where he died of the shock-induced cardiac arrest. The park at first disputed that the electric current caused his death, saying there were no burns on his body, but the coroner responded that burns generally do not occur in a water-based electrocution. The ride was drained and closed for the investigation. Accounts differed as to the extent of the exposed wiring: the park said it was "just a nick," while others said it was closer to 8 inches (20 cm). The state's Labor Department found that the fan was properly maintained and installed and cleared the park of wrongdoing; however it also said that the current had the possibility to cause bodily harm under certain circumstances. While the park said it was vindicated, it never reopened the ride, saying that people would be afraid to go on it afterward.
- In 1984, a fatal heart attack suffered by one visitor was unofficially believed to have been triggered by the shock of the cold water in the pool beneath the Tarzan Swing. The water on the ride and in that swimming area was 50–60 °F (10–16 °C) while other water areas were in the 70–80 °F (21–27 °C) range more typical of swimming pools. The Tarzan Swing and the Cannonball ride in this area were operated by spring water.
- On July 19, 1987, an 18-year-old from Queens drowned in the Tidal Wave Pool.
Main article: Adventuredome
Main article: Canyon Blaster (Adventuredome)
- On July 23, 2008, a 12-year-old girl from Union City, California was found unconscious after the train returned to the loading station at the conclusion of the ride. She was airlifted to University Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed that she died from a heart attack.
- On March 25, 2019, a woman in her mid-20s was taken to the hospital after sustaining unspecified injuries after being ejected from the ride and falling to the ground. Later reports say that the guest was a double amputee, but it was unclear which limbs this referred to.
Adventureland Park (Iowa)
Main article: Adventureland (Iowa)
Main article: Dragon (Adventureland)
- On June 8, 1991, four riders were injured when the chain lift broke. All of them were released from the hospital after treatment of their injuries; the ride was repaired.
- On August 5, 2018, an employee was struck by a roller coaster car and was hospitalized with injuries to his arm. The park was fined over $37,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the incident.
- On June 7, 2016, a 68-year-old man from Oklahoma started working at the park during the summer as a seasonal employee. While working at the park on his sixth day on the job, he fell into the conveyor belt which moved the boats through the station where passengers would get on and off the ride, suffered a traumatic brain injury and later fell into a coma. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines and died three days later from his injuries.
- On July 3, 2021, a raft on Raging River carrying six passengers overturned, sending four guests to a local hospital with severe injuries. One of the passengers, an 11-year-old boy, later died. The ride was inspected the day before the incident and was found to be in normal working order.
- On August 19, 1990, an 18-year-old park employee remained in serious condition at Methodist Medical Center after losing his arm when he got it stuck in the ride's mechanism while trying to retrieve his cigarette lighter.
Main article: Tornado (Adventureland)
- On July 24, 2006, three people were injured when a piece of wood leftover from ride inspections fell onto the car in which they were riding. One person was treated at the park's first aid center, another was taken to a local hospital, and the third left without being hospitalized.
Main article: The Underground (roller coaster)
- On July 30, 2019, a child's foot became lodged between the ride's vehicle and the loading platform. An operator emergency stopped the ride and the park's security staff called EMS to help get the child off the ride. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for ankle injuries. The ride was inspected and found to be operating normally.
Adventureland Park (New York)
Main article: Adventureland (New York)
- On August 30, 2005, an 18-year-old employee from North Babylon, New York was struck by a roller coaster train while performing maintenance on the ride. He died from his injuries the next day.
- On August 31, 2005, a day after the Ladybug Coaster incident, a 45-year-old mentally disabled woman from Long Island, New York was thrown from the Top Scan ride and crashed into a parked car in the parking lot after her safety harness gave way. She died from her injuries and the ride permanently ceased operations.
- On August 11, 2007, a 6-year-old boy from Bellmore, New York got his hand stuck between a moving platform and the sidewall of the attraction. He was rescued by his sister. Though he wasn't seriously injured, his family filed a $10M lawsuit against the park.
- On August 29, 2008, a 5-year-old girl suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment after a 10-foot prop of a skeleton riding a bicycle on a tightrope fell on top of her.
Adventure Park at Grants Mill
- On May 10, 2018, the park management closed the park permanently and had attractions dismantled, after receiving 49 code violations from city and fire inspections. Most of the violations were related to exposed wiring. The park originally opened on October 5, 2013.
Main article: Adventure World (amusement park)
- On March 30, 2014, 20 passengers were stuck on the Sky Lift due to a safety malfunction and were evacuated off the ride by firefighters. No injuries were reported.
- On January 5, 2016, a woman fell 3 feet (0.91 m) from the ride while trying to secure her son into his seat. It was reported that she was being careless and didn't follow the ride operator's instructions before getting on the ride.
Askari Amusement Park
Main article: Askari Amusement Park
- On July 15, 2018, a 12-year-old girl was killed and 25 other people were injured when the ride collapsed in mid-air. The park, which officially opened a month before the incident, did not reopen to the public until February 13, 2019, 6 months after the incident occurred.
Bay Beach Amusement Park
Main article: Bay Beach Amusement Park
Main article: Zippin Pippin
- On June 20, 2016, a roller coaster train carrying three people collided with an empty train in the station. The riders suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital. The ride remained closed following an inspection and reopened a week later.
Beech Bend Park
Main article: Beech Bend Park
- On August 16, 2015, the ride derailed after a safety malfunction. There were no injuries reported.
- On August 30, 1975, a 17-year-old park employee was fatally struck in the head by a moving car while he and some other workers were trying to remove blocks beneath the ride prior to opening. He was taken to Bowling Green-Warren County Hospital and was pronounced dead after arrival.
- On July 26, 2015, 12 people suffered injuries when the ride tipped over. They were all taken to a local hospital and later released.
Bell's Amusement Park
Main article: Bell's Amusement Park
- On April 20, 1997, a malfunction occurred on the ride after a coaster train that was near the top of the lift hill suddenly disengaged, rolled backward, and collided with another train. A 14-year-old boy was killed while six other people suffered injuries.
Main article: Belmont Park (San Diego)
Main article: Giant Dipper (San Diego)
- On December 4, 2006, a maintenance worker fell 18 feet (5.5 m) from the roller coaster. He was tied to a safety wire at the time of the incident. He was taken to the hospital and later released. The ride remained closed for a week.
Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin'
Main article: Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin'
Over The Rainbow
- On June 9, 2006, a 2-year-old boy was injured after falling 25 feet (7.6 m) from his seat on the ride. His mother wanted to sit next to him, but the seat she wanted to sit on wasn't working properly. As soon as the ride started, the boy felt some jerking movement from his seat and he fell from the ride. The boy's parents sued the park afterward.
- On July 11, 2010, a 21-year-old woman from Lafayette, Louisiana fell 30 feet (9.1 m) from the roller coaster. She was taken to the hospital and later died from her injuries. Investigators were unable to determine whether the ride's restraint system malfunctioned or was improperly fastened at the time of the accident. The ride was already inspected before opening but remained closed after the accident.
Branson Mountain Adventure Park
Runaway Mountain Coaster
- On October 4, 2018, three people were taken to the emergency room after they suffered minor injuries when two cars collided on the tracks. The attraction was closed at the time due to a private event. It reopened the next day after being inspected.
- On June 20, 2021, a 12-year-old boy was injured after becoming heavily entrapped.
Main article: Calaway Park
Theodore Tugboat play area
- On August 4, 2014, a mother filed a report to the park after her 18-month old daughter suffered second degree burns to her feet while she was playing at the Theodore Tugboat play area. Removal of shoes was required for the attraction, and due to high temperatures that day the rubber mats, directly exposed to sunlight, became hot enough to cause injury. The child was taken to the park's first aid area and had her feet bandaged. The attraction was closed permanently and removed in December 2014.
Main article: Camden Park (amusement park)
- On May 12, 2018, a park employee was injured when he was pinned under the ride. He was taken to the hospital and received stitches.
- On July 23, 2011, three riders suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital after one of the ride's legs malfunctioned and broke apart.
Canobie Lake Park
Main article: Canobie Lake Park
- On July 27, 2001, five people were injured when two trains collided.
- On June 16, 2014, a family from Sutton, Vermont attacked several police officers after being told that they were not allowed to bring any weapons or any other harmful devices into the park. Three people were charged with felony riot.
Rocket Man: The Human Cannonball
- On August 6, 2016, a stuntman who was performing during the show fell 20 feet off a safety net. He was unharmed but was taken to an emergency room for an evaluation.
Main article: Casino Pier
- On July 5, 2018, a 51-year-old woman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suffered minor injuries when she fell as she was taking her children off the ride. She was taken to nearby Community Medical Center. The ride was shut down for inspection.
- On August 25, 2018, a 21-year-old woman was sent to Jersey Shore University Medical Center after losing consciousness while riding. The go-kart she was in crashed into a wall of the track, injuring her. The ride was shut down for inspection and later reopened.
- On July 11, 1997, two people were injured when they fell from the Sky Ride after trying to help a 4-year-old boy when his mother got off the ride.
- On June 19, 1994, a worker was reported to be in fair condition at Jersey Shore Medical Center after being hit by one of the cars during a test run. He was lubricating the tracks when another employee released a test car unaware that another person was on the track.
- On July 13, 2008, a 21-year-old park employee from Pleven, Bulgaria died from his injuries after he was struck by a roller coaster train while performing maintenance on the ride.
Castles N' Coasters
Main article: Castles N' Coasters
- On March 30, 2015, two young boys suffered burns when the bumper boat they were in caught fire.
Main article: Desert Storm (roller coaster)
- On June 26, 2016, three people were stuck on the roller coaster and had to be evacuated by firefighters when the train got stuck on the tracks. No injuries were reported.
- On May 15, 2021, 22 people were evacuated from Desert Storm after the train they were on stalled halfway through the ride.
Main article: Splashdown (log flume)
- On November 28, 2015, a 12-year-old boy was seriously injured after falling from a water log flume ride after standing up during the ride. He required emergency brain surgery.
Main article: Castle Park (amusement park)
- On May 25, 2019, three people were injured when the ride malfunctioned, throwing them into the water. One was critically injured while the others suffered minor injuries; all were taken to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment. According to park staff, the mechanical pump that was used to operate the ride had a mechanical failure. The ride remained closed following an inspection.
Travel Through Space
- On February 3, 2017, a 13-year-old girl was flung from the ride and suffered fatal injuries. Footage of the incident recorded using a mobile phone later went viral on the internet. It was later determined that her seatbelt was broken and that the safety bar did not fit tightly enough to keep her safe. Two days later after the accident, authorities announced that all rides of the same type will cease operation while an investigation is conducted.
- In July 2017, three people were injured when a rope walkway collapsed.
- On May 4, 2019, 2 people were killed and 12 injured when they fell from the slide.
Clementon Amusement Park
Main article: Clementon Amusement Park
- On August 5, 1998, three people were injured after the coaster's train derailed and crashed into the park's management office.
Main article: Coney Island
- On July 30, 1995, 13 people were injured when the passenger compartment of the ride came apart after it spun out of control. Most of the injuries occurred as people tumbled to the floor of the ride's barrel after a park operator pressed the emergency stop button. A female passenger was severely injured when her leg became tangled in the wreckage when the barrel suddenly gave way. City officials reported that the ride had passed a safety inspection in April of that year.
- On June 12, 1999, a 17-year-old girl was killed and 8 others were injured when a car flew off the ride.
- On May 25, 1996, the bolts on a rear wheel from the first car of the train came loose, causing it to derail and hit a nearby pole. Two people suffered injuries in the accident and were reportedly in stable condition with cuts and bruises.
- On August 5, 2007, a restraining lap bar broke causing an unidentified 15-year-old girl to fall out of her seat and into the center of the ride where she was briefly knocked unconscious. The ride was running in reverse at the time. The victim was taken to the hospital with head and leg injuries, and complained of neck and back pain.
- On July 11, 1955, a 43-year-old park employee was struck by a moving roller coaster train while trying to inspect the ride. He fell 35 feet (11 m) below to the ground and later died from his injuries. The ride was temporarily shut down.
Coney Island Cyclone
Main article: Coney Island Cyclone
- On August 23, 1988, a 26-year-old man was killed after falling from the Cyclone. The man, a maintenance worker and the only passenger at the time, was riding in the back seat of the train during his lunch break. Apparently, he eluded the safety bar and was seen standing up as the train began its descent down the first hill. He fell 30 feet (9.1 m) and landed on a crossbeam of a lower section of track. He was killed instantly. The ride was closed following the incident, but was reopened a day later after safety inspectors concluded that the ride was safe.
- On July 31, 2007, a 53-year-old man broke several vertebrae while riding the Cyclone. He died four days later due to complications from surgery.
- On March 30, 2015, a 52-year-old woman from Tucson, Arizona was awarded $1.5M in a lawsuit after being severely injured while riding the coaster in June 2008. The lawsuit claimed that she sprained her neck.
- In March 2018, a 42-year-old man was struck in the neck by a 5-inch long metal bolt while waiting in the ride queue.
- On June 12, 2005, a 24-year-old man from Queens, New York drowned at the beach while playing with his friends. He was the third person to die at the park.
- On July 4, 2005, a 20-year-old man from Sunset Park, New York drowned at the beach shortly after closing. The victim was airlifted to Coney Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead after arrival.
- On July 22, 2014, police reported that there were multiple witnesses to a 10-year-old girl and her 9-year-old sister playing on the jetty at around 6:30 pm at the beach. The 10-year-old fell into the water and drowned. She was pulled from the water unconscious and was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition, but was later pronounced dead after arrival at around 8:00 pm. There were no lifeguards on duty when the incident occurred since their shifts ended at 6:00 pm.
Conneaut Lake Park
Main article: Conneaut Lake Park
- On July 24, 1949, a 40-year-old man was killed after falling 20 feet (6.1 m) from the ride. Park officials stated that the safety restraints were not properly secured.
- On October 29, 2013, two women were injured after riding the roller coaster. Reports have said that they may have hit their faces on the lap bar during their ride.
Cowabunga Bay Water Park
Surf-A-Rama Wave Pool
- On May 27, 2015, a 6-year-old boy nearly drowned in the wave pool. His parents filed a lawsuit against the park saying that there were not enough lifeguards on duty while watching the guests and no children were wearing life jackets. The boy suffered a brain injury shortly after the incident.
- On June 19, 2017, an 8-year-old boy was found unresponsive and pulled from the water at the park's wave pool by a lifeguard who tried to revive him by performing CPR. He died after being taken to the hospital.
Daytona Beach Boardwalk
Main article: Daytona Beach Boardwalk
- On June 14, 2018, twelve guests were injured when the train derailed, with eight being taken to the hospital. Two of those guests fell 34 feet (10 m) to the ground from the train that was dangling from the track.
Main article: Daytona Lagoon
- On August 3, 2019, a 5-year-old was pulled out of the water after drowning in the park's wave pool. Lifeguards attempted to revive the victim while performing CPR, but later died after being taken to Halifax Health Medical Center by ambulance.
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park
Main article: Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park
- On August 14, 2013, a 5-year-old boy suffered injuries to his left leg while riding the roller coaster at the park. He climbed out of his lap bar to the back of the car and fell from the tracks to the ground. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was reported to be in critical condition.
Main article: Dreamworld (Australian theme park)
Thunder River Rapids Ride
Main article: Thunder River Rapids Ride incident
- On October 25, 2016, four people — two men aged 35 and 38, and two women aged 32 and 42 — were killed when the raft they were riding hit another stopped raft, causing it to flip. Eyewitness accounts noted that the water level in the channel had dropped before the incident, but the drop did not trigger a sensor that would have stopped the ride. Investigators believe that the occupied raft was pushed up onto a stopped raft by a conveyor belt, at first mounting the stopped raft then flipping over. Of the six passengers aboard the raft, two children aged 10 and 12 were ejected from the raft but survived, while the two men were believed to be crushed under the raft and the two women were trapped underneath the conveyor belt. Dreamworld officials stated that the ride had just passed its annual inspection in September. On November 9, Ardent Leisure chief executive Deborah Thomas announced that the ride would be permanently closed and demolished. The park was closed for six weeks following the accident. Further investigation indicates that the incident occurred when one of two water pumps on the attraction failed.
Main article: Dutch Wonderland
Main article: Expoland
Fujin Raijin II
- On May 5, 2007, a 19-year-old from Higashiomi, Shiga was killed and nineteen other guests were injured when the Fujin Raijin II derailed at Expoland in Suita, Osaka. An investigation revealed that the ride derailed due to a broken axle. None of the ride vehicle's axles had been replaced for fifteen years. Following this accident, similar coasters at other Japanese parks were voluntarily shut down and inspected to see if they could have the same axle flaw. Expoland was cited by authorities for faulty maintenance when similar axle cracks were found on a second train a month later. On July 15, 2008, three former Expoland employees — the director and administrative manager, the head of facility and business department, and the head of the technical division — agreed with the allegation of professional negligence and violating Building Standards Law. They admitted to purposefully postponing the coaster's regular inspection, even though a visible crack was noticed months earlier, as well as submitting a false inspection report.
- On July 30, 2010, a 12-year-old girl from Parkland, Florida fell 100 feet (30 m) from the Skycoaster at the park and landed on her back on the ground. She suffered brain damage, severe spinal and pelvic fractures, intestinal lacerations, and other severe injuries. The ride allows riders to free-fall onto a safety net, but the net was not in place when the operator released her, causing her to strike the ground. She was airlifted to the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin by helicopter and stayed there for almost 2 months before being fully recovered. In October 2010, her parents filed a lawsuit to the park over her injuries and the ride operator was charged in her fall.
Main article: Fantasy Island (U.S. amusement park)
- On August 11, 1991, a 14-year-old boy from Deerfield, Kansas fell 60 feet (18 m) from his safety bar used on the ride after his seat fell from its axle and suffered severe injuries to his head. He was taken to Kenmore Mercy Hospital where he later died. The boy was visiting some of his relatives at the time in Silver Springs, New York, 50 miles southeast of Buffalo.
Main article: Ferrari World
- On February 4, 2017, 24 people were stranded on the roller coaster and had to be evacuated. No injuries were reported. The park suffered extreme weather conditions at the time such as high winds reaching up to 47 km/h causing the ride to stop at the lift hill.
- On July 24, 2017, a 49-year-old woman from Newburgh, New York was injured when she fell out of one of the cars used for the attraction after riding with her daughter. She was treated at the scene by paramedics and hospitalized.
- On September 12th, 2021 an air compressor tank exploded on the Superflip 360 ride injuring 3 individuals waiting in line. A 12 year old was airlifted for head injuries.
Main article: Fun Spot America Theme Parks
- On June 16, 2019, firefighters rescued seven passengers after they became stuck on the ride. No injuries were reported.
Main article: Galaxyland
Main article: Mindbender (Galaxyland)
- On June 14, 1986, the fourth car of the yellow train derailed before the third and final loop. The train failed to clear the loop and slid backward fishtailing wildly and crashing into a concrete pillar. Damage from the derailment caused the lap bars to disengage at some point during the ride, throwing its four passengers at least 25 feet (7.6 m) to the floor below. Three passengers died in the incident, while a fourth was critically injured. About 19 others were treated for less severe injuries at the nearby Misericordia Community Hospital. An investigation determined that bolts on the left wheel assembly had come loose causing the accident and that design flaws by Schwarzkopf, along with a lack of maintenance by the mall, were likely to blame. When Mindbender reopened in January 1987, the trains were redesigned. Existing four-car trains were converted to three-car trains (reducing seating capacity from 16 to 12), and anti-rollback features were installed. The lap bar restraint was retained, but seat belts and shoulder headrests were added.
- On August 2, 1995, a park employee was injured and suffered multiple lacerations after being struck by a coaster train while trying to find a pair of glasses that had been dropped by one of the guests on the ride.
Gillians Wonderland Pier
Main article: Gillians Wonderland Pier
- On August 25, 2013, a 4-year-old girl from Marlton, New Jersey suffered injuries after she was ejected from the ride. She was thrown off the ride's platform after a sharp turn and became pinned underneath one of the ride's vehicles. According to the girl's uncle, the incident was caused by operator error; the operator maintaining the ride did not check that she was buckled in once the ride started moving. Park officials fired the person afterward.
- On August 28, 1999, a roller coaster train carrying two people came to a stop on the lift hill 35 feet (11 m) above the ground. The poorly maintained third party anti-rollback device caused the train to descend down the lift hill towards the station. A 39-year-old mother and her 8-year-old daughter from Pomona, New York were sitting in the front row and were ejected at a sharp turn at the bottom of the lift hill. The train crashed into another one in the station leading to guests boarding that train to be injured. The two ejected victims were pronounced dead at nearby Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, New Jersey. This accident caused the state of New Jersey to change its fine for an amusement ride law violation from $500 to $5,000.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Main article: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Haunted Mine Drop
- On September 5, 2021, a 6-year-old girl died from suffering fatal injuries after falling off the ride, which was apparently designed without any safety harnesses. The ride had already passed inspection beforehand when the incident occurred. Following that, the park remained temporarily closed for two days while an investigation was conducted.
- On August 25, 2018, a brawl between two women occurred inside the amusement center during one of their child's birthday party. The fight was recorded on a cellphone and uploaded to Facebook and other online media platforms two days later, going viral and triggering a petition to shut down the venue.
- On April 2, 2011, a 3-year-old boy from Dolton, Illinois was killed while he was riding the kiddie coaster with his twin brother at the indoor amusement center. He fell 3 or 4 feet off the ride after being ejected from his safety restraints, was struck by a moving train, and was wedged between one of the cars. The boy was pronounced dead on scene according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. His twin brother was not injured in the accident and was able to get off the ride safely once the train returned to the station. The facility was shut down for a brief time shortly after, but later re-opened.
Great Wolf Lodge
Main article: Great Wolf Resorts
- On May 22, 2006, a 39-year-old man from Lakeville, Minnesota suffered a bruised spinal cord while attempting to ride the FlowRider wave ride on a boogie board. As a result, the victim had two titanium screws and a plate inserted into his neck to stabilize vertebrae and relieve pressure on his spinal cord. Doctor reports stated that the victim was almost paralyzed, but regained some movement in his limbs shortly after surgery.
Traverse City location
- On August 20, 2008, a 6-year-old boy from Livonia, Michigan fell off one of the lily pads used for the Big Foot Pass attraction inside the water park, hitting his head and falling into the water. His father and one of the lifeguards tried to revive him by performing CPR, but he later died from his injuries after being taken to Munson Medical Center.
Main article: Hersheypark
- In 2006, of the 1.4 million visitors to the park, 55 people were injured at Hersheypark.
Canyon River Rapids
- On May 23, 1987, four people were injured when their raft overturned slightly. A park spokesperson claimed that the incident occurred due to a section of the waterway through which the rafts travel was too wide. The ride was closed for two weeks after an investigation and later re-opened with some changes being made by narrowing the section of the waterway allowing for the rafts to safely go through.
- On June 24, 1968, two girls from Manheim, Pennsylvania suffered back injuries as they were thrown 6 feet (1.8 m) off the ride after finishing its run. They were both taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment. The incident was caused by a hydraulic gear malfunctioning.
Main article: Great Bear (roller coaster)
- On July 4, 1998, a 21-year-old college student was charged with negligence after pointing a laser toward a park employee near the attraction. The incident resulted in the worker having blurred vision when the laser was shined directly through his eyes and complained that he couldn't see properly afterwards.
- On June 3, 1977, a 29-year-old painter was caught in the ride's cable system when someone accidentally started the ride. The rescue operation took more than an hour. The victim, who suffered two broken legs, was taken to Hershey Medical Center.
Main article: SooperDooperLooper
- On August 25, 1977, a 16-year-old worker died from his injuries at Hershey Medical Center after being struck by one of the coaster's cars.
- On May 2, 1988, a 22-year-old man suffered injuries after falling off the ride. He remained in serious condition at Hershey Medical Center.
Main article: Storm Runner
- On June 26, 2018, a 9-year-old boy's safety harness allegedly could not be properly secured when he was on board one of the cars. His father, who was properly strapped in and was also riding with him, noticed that he began to feel terrified as if he felt like he was going to fall off and die from his injuries when the ride was in motion. The ride operators allegedly failed to address the concern when asked for assistance by the father. As the train exited the station, the boy got off of the ride at the last moment, leaving his father aboard as he exited the attraction. It was revealed that he and his father have suffered anxiety-like symptoms as a result of the incident. A lawsuit was filed two years later on July 2, 2020.
- On May 30, 1994, a 16-year-old boy injured one of his wrists being thrown 6 feet (1.8 m) feet after being hit by a wave as he exited the ride. He was slammed into a metal fence receiving cuts on his forehead and wrists that required stitches. The ride was adjusted by redirecting the wave to fall on top of the patrons instead of striking them from the front.
- On June 11, 1995, a man suffered injuries after a wave of water slammed him against a pillar as he was trying to exit the ride.
- On May 12, 1984, two children suffered injuries after falling off the ride. Park officials stated that there were no mechanical problems and that the ride had already been inspected beforehand, but extra restraints were later installed onto each gondola.
- On May 30, 1929, two cars on a coaster train bumped into each other when one was stuck on top of the lift hill. It had accidentally hit a safety device which prevented the train from going down the tracks. 30 passengers had to be evacuated off the ride including three people who were treated at local hospitals for injuries sustained in the accident.
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Main article: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
- On June 4, 2021, a 47-year-old female was found unresponsive when the train she was riding returned to the station. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. The ride was closed for the remainder of the day.
- On May 31, 2003, a 32-year-old female from New York City, died after falling out of The Raven roller coaster. The victim was visiting the park to attend "Stark Raven Mad 2003", an event hosting roller coaster enthusiasts from around the United States. At approximately 8:00 pm, the victim and her fiancé boarded The Raven in the last row of the train. Following a safety check of her lap bar and seat belt by a ride operator, the train left the station. Multiple witnesses reported that they saw her "virtually standing up" during the ride's initial and subsequent drops. During the ride's 69 feet (21 m) fifth drop, she was ejected from the car and onto the tracks. When the train returned to the station, the victim's fiancé, ride operators, and a passenger who was a doctor ran back along the tracks, at which point they found her lying under the structure of the roller coaster at the fifth drop. The doctor, aided by park medical personnel, began CPR until an ambulance arrived. The victim was pronounced dead en route to the hospital.
- An investigation following the accident showed that the safety restraints were working properly and that there were no mechanical deficiencies on the roller coaster. Additionally, the victim's seatbelt was found undone when the train returned to the station. A subsequent 2005 lawsuit filed by the family against Holiday World and the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the manufacturer of the coaster train, was settled out of court in 2007. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
- On July 4, 2007, at 11:00 a.m., a 29-year-old female from Fort Wayne, Indiana died after collapsing near the edge of The Wave, falling face-down into two inches of water. Lifeguards immediately responded and pulled her out, then attempted to revive her with help from park medical personnel. Resuscitation attempts continued as the victim was transported by ambulance to Jasper Memorial Hospital, where she died. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be congestive heart failure.
- On June 20, 2009, a filter pump on Bahari River malfunctioned, sending twenty-four guests and employees to the hospital. At 6:25 pm, the pump, which was turned off at the time, was turned back on. The pump surged, forcing a stronger than usual concentration of liquid bleach and hydrochloric acid into the water. Twenty-four people, including park staff and medical personnel, complained of troubled breathing and nausea. They were given oxygen at the park before being transported to Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment. All were treated and released that evening. It was later determined that an interlock system, designed to prevent chemical feeders from pumping chemicals into the water when the pump was turned off, had malfunctioned.
- On June 8, 1997, the rear end of the coaster's car bumped into the front after the ride operator did not properly secure the manual brake. Three people that were on the rear end of the car were not injured while two people on the front suffered minor injuries and were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Huntingburg, Indiana as a precaution.
Main article: Hopi Hari
Hora Do Horror
- On September 28, 2007, a 15-year-old boy was found unconscious and suffered an anaphylaxis attack while inside one of the Hora Do Horror tunnels. Despite being revived after a CRA by the medical team of the park, he died hours later in the hospital.
La Tour Eiffel
- On February 24, 2012, a 14-year-old girl died after falling out of one of the chairs of the La Tour Eiffel. The girl fell from a height of 20 meters because she was in a seat that couldn't be utilized and was inactive for many years. Overall, eleven people, including the president of the park were indicted by the Civil Police of São Paulo by culpable homicide. The park was closed for 23 days by the Brazilian Public Ministry for investigations and had to make improvements on the safety of all rides and to reduce working hours for the employees.
- On September 24, 2014, a group of about 50 youngsters, who paid for their tickets, started a flash rob in the interior of the park, causing havoc and leaving six visitors hurt. Dozens of reports of people having their belongings stolen were left on the park's visiting answering service.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Main article: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
- On February 28, 1999, 15 people were stranded on a ride for a few minutes before they were able to get off. No serious injuries were reported, although six people complained of dizziness and neck pain.
- On March 20, 2011, a lap bar on the Hi-Miler roller coaster at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo suddenly unlocked, causing a 47-year-old male guest to fall more than 28 feet (8.5 m) from the roller coaster. The malfunction was caused by a single screw, which was supposed to keep the lock pin in place and the lap bar locked. The victim sustained serious chest and head injuries and later died as a result of his injuries.
Main article: Idlewild and Soak Zone
- On August 12, 2016, a 3-year-old boy was injured when he fell out of the coaster train. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital in Pittsburgh. Shortly after the accident, the ride remained closed and didn't operate again for another two years before reopening again to the public in 2018 with new coaster trains and improved safety features.
Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort
Main article: Indiana Beach
Main article: Cornball Express
- On September 3, 2016, a park employee was injured as he was hit by one of the roller coaster cars while performing maintenance on the ride. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and later recovered.
Main article: Hoosier Hurricane
- On July 22, 2018, a tree branch fell onto the tracks of the ride and collided with a roller coaster train with passengers on board. No injuries were reported and the ride remained closed for inspection.
- On June 28, 2019, a 12-year-old boy from Lafayette, Indiana suffered a medical emergency while riding on the roller coaster at the park. He was found unconscious but breathing when the train returned to its loading platform and collapsed when he got off. Paramedics performed CPR on him at the scene and died after being taken to IU Health White Memorial Hospital. A coroner's report determined that the boy's death was caused by a pre-existing medical condition.
- On June 29, 2019, the ride's cable snapped during mid-air with passengers on board. A 19-year-old woman was killed on impact while seven other people suffered injuries.
For incidents at the former Jazzland, see Incidents at Six Flags parks § Six Flags New Orleans.
Jolly Roger Amusement Park
Main article: Jolly Roger Amusement Park
- On August 16, 2019, five passengers were injured when the train they were riding in apparently failed to stop and collided with another one parked at its station. They were taken to Atlantic General Hospital.
Main article: Kalahari Resorts
- On August 2, 2009, a 3-year-old boy from Dearborn, Michigan drowned in the outdoor kiddie pool in the resort. His body was found floating in the pool after being separated from his mother. Lifeguards tried performing CPR on him once they arrived, but he later died afterward.
- On April 11, 2017, a 25-year-old man from Chesapeake, Virginia who was on a vacation with his family fell from a three-story balcony from the resort and was killed. It was reported that he had suffered a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a truck which happened back in 2006. The man died after being taken to a nearby hospital.
- On March 12, 2018, a piece of ductwork fell from the ceiling into the pool from the resort with five people, including a lifeguard, suffering minor injuries. The waterpark was closed for inspection about what might have caused the ductwork to break and later reopened.
Kankaria Theme Park
Main article: Kankaria Lake
- On July 14, 2019, a cable on the ride's pendulum suddenly snapped, causing the seated end of the attraction to slam into the ride's base and fall 20 feet (6.1 m) to the ground. 2 people were killed in the accident while 29 were injured and hospitalized.
Kataplum Amusement Park
- On June 18, 2019, an online viral video showed a woman falling from her seat on one of the rides at the park. As she fell, she was hit by one of the gondolas. It is possible that she may have been injured in the accident, but it was never made public what, if any, injuries she suffered at the time. The end of the video does show the woman able to stand and walk away from the ride without assistance. Shortly after the incident occurred, Armando Cabada, the mayor of the park, posted some photos of the ride on Facebook and said that all of the rides at the park were operating properly while the one the woman was injured in was shut down for investigation.
Keansburg Amusement Park
- On August 2, 1996, seven people suffered minor injuries when one train rear-ended into the other.
Main article: Kemah Boardwalk
- On August 10, 2012, a father and his 7-year-old son along with many other passengers on the ride were stranded 30 to 40 feet high in the air when a ride operator accidentally pulled the emergency brake causing it to malfunction, leaving them up there for about 10 minutes until being brought down again. Some pieces also fell from the ride, mostly from the center column. He comforted his son and recorded the whole footage on his cell phone camera. Everyone was brought down safely and no one was injured.
Main article: Boardwalk Bullet
- On December 12, 2010, passengers were forced to get off the ride due to a malfunction which led the train to suddenly stop on the tracks. Five children were injured in the accident with some receiving back and neck injuries while a young girl ended up with a bruise on her face.
- On October 28, 2018, a mother from Spring, Texas filed a lawsuit to the park and claimed that her 6-year-old daughter almost fell out of the roller coaster they were riding on. She wanted more safety features to be added to all of the cars. The girl was tall enough to ride the roller coaster as the ride's height requirement is 48 inches.
Main article: Kennywood
- On May 30, 1979, a 6-year-old boy fell off the ride when one of the cups spun. He later died from his injuries at Braddock General Hospital. About a year later on March 18, 1980, his mother won $20,000 in a court settlement after suing the park over the death of her son.
Main article: Jack Rabbit (Kennywood)
- On August 18, 2016, a 13-year-old boy collapsed while waiting in line to ride the roller coaster. He was treated by paramedics once they arrived and was taken to UPMC Children's Hospital by ambulance.
- On July 6, 2008, twenty riders were stranded upside down for ten minutes when the King Kahuna ride malfunctioned and unexpectedly stopped for an undetermined reason. One of the riders sued Kennywood for negligence, claiming that the ride caused spinal damage. On March 26, 2013, a jury ruled that the plaintiff had a pre-existing spinal condition, and that any injury she suffered was not due to the ride.
- On August 8, 2020, a woman had to be taken to the hospital after having a medical emergency at the attraction.
- On August 1, 2018, several passengers were stuck on the ride when it malfunctioned after its brakes failed, causing it to keep swinging with them on board. The operator maintaining the ride couldn't make it stop and had to wait for about 10 minutes in order for it to respond. No injuries were reported, but some guests that were riding when they got off were complaining of being nauseated and other situations.
- On August 7, 1968, a 15-year-old girl from Monongahela, Pennsylvania died and a 15-year-old-girl from Monessen, Pennsylvania fractured both wrists after falling 30 feet (9.1 m) from the ride when a bolt supporting one of the cages broke, causing the cage to collapse, dropping the girls to the ground.
- On May 12, 1991, the ride was temporarily shut down for maintenance after several riders complained of suffering neck pain. Park officials determined it was running too fast. Trim brakes were added to slow it down and the coaster reopened on May 23, 1991.
- On May 17, 1968, a 15-year-old boy from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, fell to his death after standing up on the ride.
- On July 9, 1999, there was an accident on the Thunderbolt when operators failed to brake an incoming train, which collided with the train being loaded. 35 people were injured in the crash. After the accident, the headlights on the cars were partially removed because the electrical system did not hold up well against the vibration of the cars.
- On July 25, 1989, two rafts collided, throwing some passengers off the ride. Human error was reported as the cause of the incident according to a park spokesperson. The ride temporarily ceased operation that same day and reopened the next day after safety inspections were made.
- On May 12, 1991, six teenagers were hurt when a raft overturned. The accident occurred in 2.5 feet of water and all but one of the riders was treated and released from McKeesport Hospital. The sixth was admitted due to a strained arm and wrist along with swallowing some water.
- On July 2, 2017, a man's eye became infected by a microsporidia parasite. He underwent surgery to remove the parasite, but the operation was only partially successful. A lawsuit was filed claiming the water used on the ride was "dirty, stagnant, and sludge-like".
- On July 31, 2018, soon after the grand opening of the area titled ‘Thomas Town,’ the re-themed railway train derailed. No guests were hurt, but the ride closed for examination and repairs.
- On August 2, 2018, the Thomas Town train derailed for the second time in a week. No injuries were reported.
Main article: Kishkinta
- On May 12, 2016, the ride suddenly malfunctioned killing one 25-year-old employee and injuring nine others, all of which were also park staff. The accident occurred during a test run before re-opening for the first time since heavy rain flooded the Chennai area five months earlier.
Main article: Knoebels
- On July 6, 2011, a young boy was found face down in the pool. By the time the ambulance arrived, lifeguards performed CPR and were successful at getting a heartbeat and the boy breathing on his own. He died later at Geisinger Medical Center from trouble breathing. It was later determined that the child suffered from a pre-existing heart condition that is associated with Noonan syndrome.
- On July 16, 2016, another young boy died after he was found unresponsive in the swimming pool. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The incident may have been caused by a pre-existing medical condition.
- On August 15, 2016, an 11-year-old girl from Hellertown, Pennsylvania was injured and remained in critical condition when a 40-foot tree toppled on her family's campsite. At around 4:30 pm when a storm occurred during the time when they were camping at one of the campgrounds, the tree fell due to the strong gust of winds. The girl, her father, and her two siblings were all taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Main article: Impulse (roller coaster)
- On March 26, 2015, a worker was injured and suffered cuts on the back of his head and hand as he was hit by a roller coaster car. The ride was being tested at the time before it officially opened to the public a month later. He was taken to a nearby hospital and later recovered.
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Facebook roller coaster accident video scam spreads fast – but don’t click
Posts promising gruesome footage of a roller coaster accident at Universal Studios in Florida in which 16 people supposedly died are spreading fast on the social network – with victims fooled into spreading the scam to their friends.
Posts promising gruesome footage of a roller coaster accident at Universal Studios in Florida in which 16 people supposedly died are spreading fast on the social network – with victims fooled into spreading the scam to their friends.
Several versions of the roller coaster accident scam email are circulating, according to security expert Graham Cluley – and as ever with this form of scam, there has been no accident, there is no video, and victims are lured to pages outside Facebook where they are tricked into divulging passwords.
There are several variations of the text circulating via Facebook at present. One says, according to About.com “Fox Breaking News – 16 people are confirmed dead in a roller coaster accident that occurred at Universal Studios in Florida. The roller coaster appeared to have suffered a mechanical breakdown, causing it to veer off the tracks in mid-air, plummeting all 24 passengers into the ground. Currently there are 8 listed in critical condition in an Orlando hospital. CCTV Footage of the incident has been uploaded to the Fox News team. Watch footage of the accident here.”
Veteran security researcher and writer Graham Cluley describes several variations on the scam – a common trick on Facebook.
“Here’s what happens if you are tricked into clicking on one of the links, believing that you are about to see the video of what appears to be a horrific accident. Firstly, a rogue application requests permission to access your profile in order to scoop up information about you and your friends. In this particular example the app claims to be called “FOXS NEWS(Version 1.2)”, in a clear (albeit grammatically incorrect) attempt to deceive users into believing that it is somehow connected to a well-known media outlet.”
Cluley warns that if you grant the wrong permissions, the app will be able to post messages in your name. This is why such scams are effective – if someone sees that a message has come from a friend, they are more likely to open it, and thus fall victim themselves.
Such scams are common – usually with the goal of stealing Facebook logins, or other information for identity theft attacks. This month, a post promising a video of a plane landing on water was circulating on Facebook, with a title suggesting that it contained news footage showing the rescue of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 – but the video is a ‘callous’ cyber scam, according to Hoax-Slayer, and in fact shows a plane landing on water in Bali in 2013.
IT Pro Portal reports that one variant of the scam is a ‘video’ titled, “Malaysia Plane MH370 Has Been Spotted Somewhere Near Bermuda Triangle. Shocking Videos Release Today”, and that the video is being used to spread malware. Other reports say that variants of the scam are used to direct users to spread the video via Facebook, and complete bogus surveys, used by cybercriminals to harvest personal details from their victims.
IT Pro Portal points out that the Bermuda Triangle is 10,000 miles from the last point of contact with the flight.
The Epoch Times reports that the images show a plane crash near Bali in Indonesia in 2013, where 100 passengers were rescued after a plane landed on water. In all reported variants of the scam, there is no video to click through to – just surveys designed to steal personal information, or bogus downloads which are in fact malware.
Scammers often target Facebook with copies of viral content – or entirely fake, sensational videos, such as ‘Giant Snake Swallows Zookeeper’, as reported by We Live Security this year.
ESET researcher Stephen Cobb offers a We Live Security Guide to spotting Facebook scams, “Can we trust our friends not to make questionable decisions on social media? Apparently not, because our friends might actually be scammers in disguise, or just not well-informed.”
In many cases, scam videos will install a ‘rogue’ Facebook app to spread rapidly via the network – but as reported by We Live Security here, such scams can, in the worst case scenario, lead to tainted sites which infect users with malware.
‘I raced to save the screaming victims…’ eyewitness tells horrifying story of rollercoaster that smashed into packed tots’ ride
A DAD told last night how he tried to help screaming victims after a rollercoaster plunged 30ft off the track before smashing into a kiddies’ ride.
Paul McFadden, 34, raced to the scene of the terrifying theme-park crash and comforted an 11-year-old boy with a severe hand injury
He also rescued a woman from an upside-down carriage on the Tsunami ride — which had been closed down for maintenance just hours before the horror incident at M&D’s in Motherwell, Scotland.
It left ten people needing hospital treatment, including a 12-year-old girl critically ill with head injuries.
Recalling the moment the rollercoaster hurtled off the track, Paul, from Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, said: “I was about 20ft or 30ft away on one of the other rides at the park.
“We heard a massive crash over at the Tsunami and loud screams.
Tsunami: The 38mph ride that left 11 people injured
Speed – 38mph / G-Force 4
Ride Duration – 1 minute 5 seconds
Length – 1,1148ft
Height – 65ft
Highlights - Corkscrew twists, turns and loops
Type – Inverted (where cars run beneath the track)
History – First inverted coaster to be made by Italian firm Pinfari
Age – Located at M&Ds since 2004 after spell on travelling fair circuit and at the Millennium Dome
Controversy – 2011 incident requiring customers to be rescued from broken down ride
“I ran over and saw the carriage was on top of a kid’s bike. It must have toppled on to the railings then fallen on to the other ride.
“I went over to see if anyone needed help. There was a boy who was still in the carriage and he was in bad shape.
“His hand was mangled pretty badly and he had a big cut on his leg.
“He was there with a friend but his parents weren’t there, so he was really upset. The lad told me his name was Liam and that he was 11 years old.
“I just tried to talk to him to keep him calm until they got him out. I really hope the medics can save his hand.”
Paul also saved another woman who was trapped in the mangled carriage.
He’d gone to M&D’s with partner Lisa Richardson, 34, son Andrew Richardson, two, and eight-year-old niece Grace Eve Anderson. All had worn plastic ponchos as heavy rain fell during the day.
Another witness, James Millerick, told how he heard “shrieks” after the sickening impact. He said: “There was absolute silence as people ran across to see what had happened.
“When we got there the rollercoaster had come off the track entirely, straight through the fence, and was upside down on the concrete path at the side.
“There were seven or eight people, mostly kids aged between maybe 10 and 15, who were actually trapped inside the rollercoaster lying on the ground.
“A lot of people went over to help, including myself and my other half who are both first aiders.”
RESCUE OP PARK'S THIRD IN 5YRS
THIS is not the first time equipment has failed on one of the five rollercoasters at the £40million theme park.
Nine customers had to be rescued from the Tsunami after a 2011 mechanical fault.
In March eight people got stranded 20ft in the air when the Tornado ride stuck.
A cherry picker was used to pluck five kids and three adults to safety.
The Italian-built Tsunami operated in Spain and France before coming to the UK in 2003. It was an attraction at the Millennium Dome in London, moving to Motherwell in 2004.
Last month M&D’s, which leases land from North Lanarkshire Council, applied for an extension to its grounds.
Around 400 people work at the park which gets 750,000 visitors a year.
Katie Burns, 21, of Glasgow, said: “I’d just got off the Tsunami and the next lot of people had got on when the whole thing came off the tracks.
“I’ve never been so scared in my life. It should not be on in this weather.”
Gordon Conner, 45, of Bellshill, Lanarkshire, was at the park with his two sons when the accident happened.
He said: “My wee boy came running to tell me the carriage had come down and wheels had flown off.
“It happened just after a downpour. I walked up and saw people lying on the ground next to the carriage. There were loads of kids screaming. I’m still a bit shaken by it all.”
Sources at the park said there had been problems with the Tsunami over the weekend and it had only re-opened a few hours before the horror accident.
An insider said: “The ride was off on Saturday due to maintenance and had been closed earlier on Sunday.”
An M&D’s worker, who asked not to be named, said: “Apparently the rollercoaster was off earlier because of the rain and then it was put back on after the rain stopped. But no one knows yet what caused this.”
The popular theme park remained shut last night as an investigation got under way into the incident, which happened on the first weekend of the summer holidays for schoolkids in the area.
Local Member of the Scottish Parliament, Richard Lyle, who headed to the park after hearing about the crash, said: “I’m shocked but I want to ensure that everything is being done.
“I’m just here to give my support to anyone who needs it.”
Chief Inspector David Bruce said: “A series of five gondolas connected in a train on the Tsunami ride detached from the rails, struck the superstructure and then struck the ground.
“As a result, ten people have been injured, two adults and eight children.
“All have been taken to hospitals — Wishaw General and the Queen Elizabeth and Royal Infirmary in Glasgow.
“We’ve launched an enquiry involving Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive.” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said last night: “My thoughts are with everyone involved in this terrible incident, especially those injured.”
Alton pair's sorrow for casualties
ALTON Towers rollercoaster smash victims last night sent messages of support to casualties of the Tsunami ride.
Joe Pugh, 19, who suffered horror leg injuries last June posted: “Just heard about the rollercoaster crash at M&Ds.
“Things like this just shouldn’t happen.”
His girlfriend Leah Washington, 18, who lost a leg in the crash, tweeted: “My thoughts go out to those involved in the rollercoaster accident at M&D’s.”
The pair were among 16 people trapped when two carriages on The Smiler coaster collided. Three others were also seriously injured.
Merlin Attractions Operations, which owns the Staffordshire theme park, faces a multi-million pound fine after admitting safety breaches.
A spokeswoman for M&D’s said: “As a family-run company, our thoughts are with those who have been injured and their families.
“We are cooperating fully with Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive on their joint investigation.”
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