Boy, 3, Remains in Critical Condition After Fall From Roller Coaster
A child was airlifted to hospital on Thursday after falling out of a roller coaster at a Pennsylvania amusement park, officials said.
According to local reports, a 3-year-old boy tumbled from the Rollo Coaster at Idlewild and SoakZone in Westmoreland County.
The toddler was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and on Friday, he remained in critical condition, KDKA reported.
Park spokesman Jeff Croushore told InsideEdition.com that the boy was conscious and talking after he fell from “the middle part” of the wooden track.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the boy and his family," he said. "A full investigation has begun to determine the cause of the incident." Because the review is ongoing, "I can't comment too much further than our statement," he said.
The ride opened in 1938 and is an older-style attraction made of wood that carries “riders up and down along a wooded hillside,” then makes a swooping curve before returning to the station, according to the park’s website.
No information was released about the child or his injuries. Riders on the Rollo Coaster must be at least 36 inches tall. Children under 48 inches tall must be accompanied by an adult, according to park rules.
Sources said the boy suffered head and chest wounds, the station reported.
The roller coaster has been closed pending an inspection and investigation by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, along with local agencies.
The incident comes just three days after a Ferris wheel basket overturned at a Tennessee county fair, leaving a 6-year-old girl with a traumatic brain injury. Her 10-year-old sister is in stable condition with a broken arm and a 16-year-old girl was also injured.
The three fell about 35 to 40 feet after a mechanical failure caused the car to flip over, authorities said.
A 10-year-old Kansas boy was killed Sunday during a ride on the world’s tallest waterslide at Schlitterbahn Park. Caleb Schwab was decapitated in the accident, but authorities have not explained how it happened, The Associated Press reported.