Children Injured or Killed at Amusement Parks

* See also: Roller Coaster Accidents Miniature Train Derailment Kills Child In Spartanburg, South Carolina, 6-year-old Benji Easler was killed and dozens of other injured when the miniature train they were riding on derailed on March 19th, 2011.  A coroner’s report said excessive speed led to the accident; the train was going more than 10 MPH above recommended speeds when it derailed. The state safety inspector admitted that he never tested the children’s train ride that killed the boy.  Prosecutors … Continue reading →

Teen Falls to Her Death From Amusement Park Ride

7-15-07 A festival ride was being investigated Sunday, after a 16-year-old girl fell to her death while riding it. The accident occurred at a local festival in OshKosh, Wisconsin. Elizabeth K. Mohl, fell between 40 and 50 feet, from a ride called ‘Air Glory.’ According to witnesses, 2 people went up in the ride, which swings back and forth like a giant swing. When the release was pulled, witnesses heard a snapping sound, and Elizabeth fell, while the other person … Continue reading →

Girl Hospitalized After Hitting Her Head While Riding Teacups

June 2007 In a sobering example of how precarious head injuries can be, and how innocent the activity can be which causes them, a 13-year-old girl earned a trip to the intensive care unit, after hitting her head while riding the teacups at a local amusement park. Most people are familiar with the classic children’s ride, usually found in the kiddie section of fairs and amusement parks. You sit on it and spin yourself around while it spins around. It … Continue reading →