After a young man died from a ride at an Orlando amusement park, many wondered how the tragedy could have been prevented. As the investigation continues into what happened, a spokesperson for the company that owns the ride issued a statement regarding its safety.
Thursday, March 25, a 14-year-old Icon Park visitor dies Riding the Orlando Free Fall, the 430-foot freestanding drop tower. While everyone knows that any amusement park ride always has risks, its fatalities are still shocking—especially since such rides must be designed to safely carry all passengers. There is still no concrete answer as to what went wrong, but according to CBS NewsJohn Stine of the ride’s owner Slingshot Group issued a statement on behalf of the company:
Slingshot Group and Icon Park are both working with officers during an investigation into the death of the teen, who has been identified by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office as Tyre Sampson. Free Fall is a new attraction at Orlando Amusement Park, located on International Drive not far from Disney World. This ride has been going on for about three months.
The safety net for the Orlando Free Fall appears to be shoulder to shoulder, and some have questioned whether Sampson was employed effectively. However, no official decision has been taken yet. Stine said the ride is designed to function only when each rider has been completely stopped.
Even when the attraction is regularly maintained and safety protocols followed, danger is never out of the question. In the last year and a half, Fluctuations in COVID rates Some amusement parks have been of concern to visitors. Many people were arrested last year They Brought Firearms to Disney Park Property, Earlier this year, Disney World’s space mountain evacuated The precautions were taken after a refrigerator inside the building began to emit smoke.
And while deaths at amusement parks are rare, sadly, they are not unheard of. In 2021, a 11-year-old dies in Iowa’s Adventureland He overturned after the Raging River fleet. Last year, A Disney World guest passed away A medical emergency followed, after which local officials stressed the importance of having an adequate number of first responders to deal with such situations.
According to CNN, Sampson’s parents have hired legal representation as they seek answers on the situation. icon is park issued several statements About the tragedy on their website. Orlando Free Fall will be closed during the investigation.
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