NEW YORK – Another amusement park accident injured six people at Ocean Beach Park in New London, Connecticut. It’s the latest in a wave of serious incidents stemming from amusement rides in just the last month.
According to New London Police, the six people who were injured suffered an electrical shock on a ride known as the ‘Scrambler.’ The incident sparked temporary ride closures at Ocean Beach Park. At least one person suffered contact burns on their hands and all six were treated at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London.
The Scrambler is a popular attraction that can be found around the country. It’s also not the first time it’s been linked to injuries, a New York roller coaster injury attorney said.
“Many roller coasters and rides have been operating for decades with little or no maintenance, so there are many things that can go wrong,” New York roller coaster injury lawyer Steve Barnes said. “As attorneys and safety advocates, we pour over maintenance records and find a lot of rides have mechanical issues, electrical issues, and overall safety issues that were never addressed.”
The recent electrocution of six riders comes just days after Caleb Schwab, 10, was killed on a Kansas water slide. According to the New York Daily News, the water slide hadn’t been inspected since it debuted in July 2014 despite the Kansas Amusement Ride Act which requires yearly inspections. Caleb Schwab suffered a fatal neck injury as he went down the 169-foot slide in Kansas City.
New York roller coaster injury attorneys said not all accidents are deadly and many amusement park injuries can go unnoticed for days.
“Amusement park rides have the potential to cause serious injuries that can get worse over time,” Barnes said. “Rides like the Scrambler can jolt people around while it’s twirling from a center pivot and those sudden spins and turns can give riders head and neck injuries not unlike whiplash suffered in car crashes.”
Even ‘gentle’ carnival rides can be chaotic. Just last week, three girls fell 45 feet out of a Georgia Ferris Wheel. Briley Reynolds, 6, was hospitalized after she fell out of a Ferris Wheel basket at the Greene County Fair. Briley’s 10-year-old sister, Kayla Reynolds, was also injured in the fall.
Kayla Reynolds told ABC News that the sisters were trying to hold onto things as the basket tipped.
“We were probably sitting there with it tilted for maybe not even a minute,” Kayla said in the ABC interview. “[I was] hoping it would turn back and then we just started falling.”
Kayla Reynolds suffered a broken arm but her sister Briley Reynolds was hospitalized for days after suffering a traumatic brain injury.
Safety inspectors blamed the incident on mechanical failure.
“Carnival rides can be packed-up, moved and rebuilt in the matter of days,” Barnes said. “Without regular and thorough safety inspections, parts can go missing amidst the constant relocation or the mechanics can malfunction, adding to the safety concern.”
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