Boy (3) in critical condition after falling from wooden roller coaster
Published 13/08/2016 | 11:34
A three-year-old boy is in a critical condition after he fell from a wooden roller coaster at a theme park in the US.
Declan McClain (3) was reportedly on the ride – which did not require seatbelts – with his brother (7) when he fell according to a spokesman for Idlewild and SoakZone amusement park.
The boy fell out of the car as it was rounding a turn, tumbled about 10 feet and struck his head, according to Triblive.
“It was during the middle part of the roller coaster ride track,” spokesman Jeff Croushore said. “He was talking. He was alert, but he was airlifted.”
He was conscious and was flown to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, an emergency dispatcher said.
The theme park's spokesperson Jeff Croushore could not confirm whether the wooden roller coaster had malfunctioned. It is now closed until an investigation has taken place.
The ride recently passed an inspection on August 6 by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for the state's rides.
The tragedy comes less than a week after a 10-year-old boy was 'decapitated' on a water slide in Kansas.
Caleb Schwab was killed on the Verruckt raft ride at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas.