3-Year-Old Falls From Roller Coaster, Rushed To Hospital

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It's the third amusement park accident this week involving a child.

A three-year-old boy was riding the Rollo Coaster at Idle Wild and Soakzone Amusement Park outside of Pittsburgh when he fell off.  The ride uses safety bars instead of seatbelts, so it's believed he was ejected from the the ride – built in 1938 – on its last turn, according to CBS News.

Though the boy was talking when paramedics took him to a local hospital, an update on his condition has not been released.  Police sources told CBS that he was on the ride with his older brother, 10.

The wood ride is 40 feet at its peak, and can go up to speeds of 25 miles per hour.  The ride does have a height requirement of 36 inches, according to CNN, and any riders under 48 inches must be accompanied by an adult.

Police sources told CBS that the boy was on the ride with his older brother, 10 when he was ejected from his car "on the last turn," and thrown on tracks near a fence.

"The boy was conscious while being treated on site and airlifted to a local hospital," a park spokesperson told reporters, declining to give more information.  

The ride was shut down immediately following the accident, but did pass inspection on August 6th, according to People.

It has been a traumatic week for families whose children were victims of amusement park tragedies.  On Sunday, 10-year-old Caleb Schwartz was decapitated after flying off of his raft at a Kansas water park.

One day later, three girls – ages 6, 10 and 16 – fell out of a ferris wheel that had flipped over mid-air at the Greeneville County Fair in Tennessee.  A witness recalled seeing the six-year-old fall "right beside" him.

"The other two came right behind her," he said.

The six-year-old remains in critical condition after suffering brain injuries.


3 year old falls from roller coaster rushed to hospital
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