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Multiple people suffer injuries at popular Midwest theme park

In our previous post, we discussed how investigators are continuing to search for clues in the wake of a fatal accident at a popular Texas amusement park in which a patron was thrown from a rollercoaster, and how amusement parks in general may not be quite as safe as certain parties would have you believe.

To further illustrate this point, consider yet another accident that occurred last Friday at a popular amusement park in neighboring Ohio that Pennsylvania residents have been known to flock to in large numbers.

According to reports, seven people were riding the Shoot the Rapids log flume ride at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, when the boat in which they were riding suddenly lost forward momentum as it climbed the first hill and plunged backwards.

As it this wasn't frightening enough, witnesses indicated that the boat actually flipped upside down after sliding down the hill, trapping the seven passengers underneath.

"We jumped in and helped them get out," said one witness. "If we didn't help, I don't even know what would have happened."

Fortunately, six of the seven passengers suffered only minor injuries and were able to walk away from the scene. However, one person had to be taken to an area hospital by ambulance for treatment.

While amusement park patrons are virtually powerless to protect themselves from these types of dangerous mechanical mishaps, safety experts indicate that there are a few simple steps that they can take to minimize at least some of the danger of sustaining a serious bodily injury.

  • Be certain to abide by the posted age, height and weight restrictions
  • Resist any urge to put your hands, arms, legs and feet outside the car/ride
  • Ensure that your safety restraint is properly fastened beforehand and let the ride operator know if you feel uncomfortable

Remember, theme park owners have a duty to provide a safe environment for all patrons. When they fail to meet this duty and you or a loved one suffer serious personal injuries, they may be held accountable in a court of law.

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer, "7 injured when water-ride boat flips at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky," July 20, 2013; Fox News, "Tragedy on Texas roller coaster a reminder to practice theme park safety," Eileen Ogintz, July 23, 2013

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