A Growing List of Accidents Is Putting Safety at Amusement Parks Under the Spotlight

Source: Time

What’s happening with thrill rides?

The weekend roller coaster collision in Spain that left 33 people injured — including kids — is just the latest reminder that your trip to amusement parks could get dangerous.

In June, a teenage girl fell 25 feet from a gondola ride in a upstate New York Six Flags park. In May, a 10-year-old flew off a giant waterslide in a brand-new California water park over Memorial Day weekend.

Neither sustained serious injures. Others haven’t been so lucky. Ten-year-old Caleb Schwab was decapitated last August while riding what was then the world’s tallest waterslide in Kansas City. The day before this happened, three children were injured in a Tennessee county fair when their Ferris wheel compartment flipped mid-air. A child fell off a roller coaster in Pennsylvania just a few days afterwards.

There have been electric shocks and torn scalps. But many more amusement park mishaps simply go unnoticed. On average, 12 kids each day are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for amusement ride-related injuries, according to a 2013 study of hospital data between 1990 and 2010.

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