Mine drop ride where a 6 year old girl fell 110 feet to her death had no arm restrictions to make the roller coaster “more spooky”
A mine drop merry-go-round at a theme park where a little girl fell from over 100 feet to death was designed without any arm restrictions to make the roller coaster “scarier”, according to reports.
The six-year-old fell from the haunted mine at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado on Sunday.
It is reported that the amusement park ride was designed without shoulder straps.
Stan Checketts, who designed the ride, told KDVR in 2017 that the bosses made the decision to make it “more exciting.”
The ride takes less than three seconds to drop and drops 110 feet.
He said, “We don’t put ties on the side of your head, which makes things a little scarier.
“Usually every race that I’ve designed with my team and built with my team, I’m the first to drive it.”
Checketts founded and sold S&S Sansei, which is one of the world’s leading designers of rides.
Josh Hays, director of sales and marketing for the company, said all attractions are equipped with shoulder restraints and explained that the mine fall is a free fall.
He said the rides cannot operate if the safety devices are not properly in place.
He told the Denver Post, “All of our rides are monitored electronically to see if a hold is loose.
“A trip cannot be dispatched without all constraints being checked and verified, both manually and electronically. “
Parents under the age of 18 are encouraged to sign a waiver form that allows their children to ride certain theme park attractions, including the Haunted Mine Drop.
Guests must be at least 46 inches (116.84 cm) tall to participate in the ride.
The waiver states that visitors understand that the rides may present a risk of injury or death.
A sentence on the form reads: “The undersigned understand and agree that a seat belt is in no way a guarantee of safety. “
A visitor, who made the trip a few hours before the little girl’s death, was shocked by what had happened.
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Marybeth Riegel Urrutia told CBS Denver, “There are two seat belts per person, and I thought I buckled both.
“The ride operator went around the corner to start the ride, but quickly reappeared as my second loop was not completely secure. I joked” hey, this is important, thanks for rechecking “.”
The deceased little girl fell to about 110 feet, according to audio images from the police scanner.
A dispatcher said: “EMS to Glenwood Caverns for a party that fell out of the well. The party is at the bottom of the well.
A first responder was heard on the audio saying that doctors were performing CPR before asking for a coroner.
An investigation is currently underway into the causes of the incident.
Cops say the investigation will take weeks and a report is likely not to be ready for months.
The Haunted Mine, which opened in July 2017, is billed as the first descent underground, plunging runners 110 feet inside Iron Mountain.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park remains closed and is expected to reopen on September 11.
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