When you read about a person falling from a moving roller coaster at one of the most famous and reputable amusement parks in the world, so many questions pop into your mind. All of them leading to the ultimate one: Could this ever happen to me or my children?
On the surface, the incident last week in Las Vegas in which a woman fell from the fairly new attraction at Circus Circus on the world-famous strip, seems like every thrill-seeker’s worst nightmare.
No details about the woman, especially mitigating circumstances that may have led to her accident, were revealed to the public - until a week later!
Now, we finally get the truth. And, while the incident is still a tragedy, it allows the rest of us to breathe a collective sigh of relief. The woman who fell from the ride is a double amputee!
Fox News reports, “The woman, who was said to be between 25 and 30 years old, was riding the El Loco Roller Coaster at the casino’s indoor Adventuredome amusement park when the incident occurred, authorities said following the March 25 incident.”
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa said he could not specify whether the woman was missing her legs or arms, but he confirmed on Thursday that she had lost her limbs before the fall.”
Now, questions about the ride’s restraint system have come under scrutiny. The company has been asked to provide information about not only that issue but also other considerations:
“An analysis of the ride's restraint and containment system; the manufacturer's explanation for why the woman was ejected; what modifications the manufacturer will take to address the issues; and the implementation of those modifications.”
The woman’s condition has not been disclosed, in spite of repeated inquiries. “A representative for MGM Resorts International, which owns Circus Circus, did not provide information on how the woman may have fallen from the ride.”
The company says the ride remains closed until further notice. Once the investigation is completed, they will reassess the future of the attraction.
"The El Loco Roller Coaster, which originally opened at Circus Circus in February 2014, was described as more of an adult-themed ride upon its debut, in contrast to the rest of the Adventuredome’s kid-friendly attractions.
“Each four-person car reportedly reaches speeds of 45 miles per hour during the 72-second ride and performs 90-degree drops, “doughnut rolls” and 180-degree turns.”
More information is sure to come out in time, and we will report it here once we receive it.
In the meantime, please continue to pray for the young woman who was seriously injured in the tragic accident.