3-year-old falls off Pennsylvania roller coaster

A 3-year-old boy fell off a roller coaster at a Pittsburgh-area amusement park Thursday, officials said. The boy was alert when he was taken to the hospital but other details about his condition are not known. Photo by blurAZ/Shutterstock

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 11 (UPI) — A 3-year-old boy fell off a Pittsburgh area roller coaster Thursday, officials said.

The boy fell from the Rollo Coaster ride at the Idlewild and SoakZone amusement park and was reportedly conscious and alert after suffering head and chest injuries before being transported via helicopter to a local hospital, officials said. No other details about the boy’s injuries are known.

The Rollo Coaster is a 78-year-old wooden ride that is 40-feet high at the highest point and moves riders along between 10 and 25 miles an hour, park spokesman Jeff Croushore said. The boy reportedly fell somewhere in the middle of the ride.

Riders must be at least 48 inches tall, or 36 inches tall if they are riding with an adult. There is no seat belt.

The park is open, but the Rollo Coaster will remain closed until Ligonier police and Westmoreland County detectives complete their investigation.

Croushore said rides are inspected daily. A Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture spokesperson said the Rollo Coaster was most recently inspected by a certified private inspector on Aug. 6. The ride passed the inspection.

The incident occurred the same week that the 10-year-old son of a Kansas state lawmaker was virtually decapitated on what is considered the world’s tallest waterslide and three girls fell from a Ferris wheel bucket in Tennessee.


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