LOOK: 10 Deadliest Theme Park Accidents of All Time

Amusement parks are meant for amusement, but in some cases they end up creating dangerous situations which are quite shocking and terrifying.

In one case an amputee ended up falling through the harness while on a ride, ending up dying after the fall. In another park, there were six deaths as a result of a variety of causes, including electrocution, drowning and heart attacks.

Besides the dangers attributed to high impact coasters, there was even an accident on a simple, seemingly harmless children’s ride.

A six-year old managed to free himself of restraining devices on the ride, ending up falling off the moving dragon, to end up getting hit by another car!

These are just a few of the worst accidents that happened in ‘amusement’ parks!

1. Man Dies on Darien Lake’s Ride of Steel Roller Coaster

Man Dies on Darien Lake's Ride of Steel Roller CoasterA U.S. Army veteran who lost both legs in Iraq and had been trying to rebuild his life was killed after he was thrown from a roller coaster at an upstate New York amusement park.

Sgt. James Thomas Hackemer, 29, was ejected from the 208-foot-tall ride early Friday evening after climbing aboard during a family outing. Authorities and a park spokeswoman declined to say at what point in the ride the accident occurred. | News source: USA Today

2. Coney Island Cyclone Breaks Down Again

Coney Island Cyclone Breaks Down AgainThe Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster has broken down once again. Instead of the infamous drop that the 88-year-old theme park ride has boasted, the passengers found themselves stuck at the top and avoided a potential roller coaster accident.

Another recent ride which ended in Coney Island was that of a Minke whale, as previously reported by the Inquisitr. Sadly, this seafaring 18-foot friend appeared to have been struck and decapitated by a propeller, and simply washed ashore on the beach.

The 24 passengers stuck aboard the ride were instead forced to climb down, hand-in-hand with rescuers. |News source: Inquisitr

3. Behold the water slide so dangerous it was shut down immediately

Action Park of Vernon TownshipFrom 1978 to 1996, the Action Park of Vernon Township, New Jersey provided thousands of teenagers with the white-knuckle thrills only inattentive employees and poorly conceived amusement park rides can deliver. The Park’s dubiously safe rides were responsible for countless scrapes and bruises and at least six fatalities. | News source: io9| Photo


Investigators on Monday probed Sunday’s death of a 6-year-old Bountiful boy who died in what officials say may be the first ride-related death in the 100-year history of Lagoon Amusement Park.

DEATH OF BOY KILLED ON LAGOON KIDDIE RIDEDick Andrew, Lagoon’s marketing and public relations director, said Ryan Beckstead was killed about 1:20 p.m. on the Puff the Little Fire Dragon ride. The boy is the son of Paul D. and Christine Beckstead, 677 E. Fourth North, Bountiful.Lagoon’s investigation has determined that Ryan apparently worked free from two locked restraining devices and then stood up as the ride was leaving the station, Andrew said.

He fell out of the car and was climbing back up onto the tracks when the ride, returning to the station, struck him, according to Andrew. | News source: Deseret News

5. Superman, Six Flags Kentucky

A girl’s feet were cut off Thursday when a free-fall thrill ride malfunctioned at the Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom Amusement Park in Louisville, Kentucky, police said.

uperman, Six Flags KentuckyA cord wrapped around the 16-year-old’s feet and severed them at her ankles while she was on the “Superman Tower of Power,” a police dispatcher said. The girl was taken to a local hospital.

An unidentified witness told CNN affiliate WLKY she saw a cable on the ride snap.

“The people on the ride just came and hit the ground,” she said. “When I got up there, the lady she was just sitting there, and she didn’t have no legs. … And she was just there, calm, probably in shock from everything.” | News source: CNN

6. Flight Commander, King’s Island

Two men were apparently electrocuted in a pond at an amusement park Sunday, and a woman fell to her death from a ride.

Flight Commander, King’s IslandThree people apparently suffered an electrical shock near the German beer garden area of Kings Island amusement park, said spokeswoman Jennifer Ruef.William Haithcoat, 20, of Cincinnati, and Darrell Robertson, 20, of Hamilton, were killed, and Timothy Benning, 22, was hospitalized in fair condition, officials said. Robertson worked at the park. | News source: Deseret News

7. Batman: The Ride, Six Flags Over Georgia

Batman: The Ride, Six Flags Over GeorgiaA teenager was decapitated by a roller coaster after he hopped a pair of fences and entered a restricted area Saturday at Six Flags Over Georgia, authorities said.

Six Flags officials are uncertain why 17-year-old Asia Lee shawn Ferguson of Springfield, South Carolina scaled two six-foot fences and passed signs that said the restricted area was both off-limits and dangerous to visitors, spokeswoman Hela Sheth said in a news release. | News source: Fox News

8. Fujin Raijin II, Expoland

On May 5, 2007, a woman died and 19 other passengers were injured, one seriously, in a roller coaster accident Saturday at an amusement park in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, police and firefighters said.

Fujin Raijin II, ExpolandThe six-car Fujin Raijin II roller coaster at Expoland, on which passengers stand through the course of the ride, derailed and hit a guardrail around 12:50 p.m. after a wheel axle on one of the cars broke, the park operator said.

The coaster, which can travel up to 75 kph, was in the last half of the 1,050-meter-long course when the accident occurred.

The operator of Expoland said the accident was caused when a wheel axle — 5 cm in diameter and 40 cm long — on the second car broke just before the coaster entered a circular section of the course. Part of the broken axle fell to the ground. | News source: Japan Times

9. Hydro, Oakwood Theme Park

A theme park has been fined £250,000 after a teenage girl died after plunging 100ft (30.5m) from a ride.

In 2004, Hayley Williams, 16, from Pontypool, Torfaen, died after falling from the Hydro Ride at Oakwood, Pembrokeshire.

Hydro, Oakwood Theme ParkA judge at Swansea Crown Court said there had been a “failure on a massive scale” with the potential for serious injuries to a large number of people.

Oakwood Leisure Ltd had admitted failing to ensure visitors’ safety.

The court had heard staff had failed to ensure passengers were safely restrained on the high-speed ride. | News source: BBC

10. The Big Dipper, Battersea Fun Fair

The John Collins Big Dipper was a wooden roller coaster located at Battersea Park in London, opened in 1951 and was one of the Battersea Park Funfair’s biggest attractions. The ride was the main attraction of the funfair, opened as part of the Festival of Britain.

The Big Dipper, Battersea Fun FairTwo years after a fire hit the ride, a major fatal accident occurred on 30 May 1972. A train being hoisted up to the start of the ride broke loose from its haulage rope, and rolled backwards into the station into another waiting train. Five children were killed, and thirteen others injured in the accident.

After the accident The Big Dipper was closed, and dismantled. With the lack of a main attraction at the funfair its popularity quickly declined. The rest of the fair was closed two years later in 1974. Very little remains now to even suggest that a fun fair once stood on the site. | News source: The Independent

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Written by Tyler Ashby

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