The recent incident at the Ohio State Fair, which claimed one life and injured several other people, has brought amusement park and fair rides into the spotlight once again. Georgia has not been without its share of accidents and incidents, including accidents at Georgia’s major amusement park, Six Flags Over Georgia. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on just a few.
In 1984, a computer malfunction on the park’s The Great Air Racer caused the rides cables to drop the planes out of their proper position. Thirty-four passengers were injured as a result of the incident. The same week, another ride, this time a roller coaster, stopped abruptly, and sent 4 passengers to the hospital.
The amusement park’s Batman ride was also the scene of two major incidents, both ending with loss of life. The first occurred in 2002, when a 58-year-old park employee went into the restricted area surrounding the ride. He was killed when struck in the head by one of the passenger’s legs. In a similar incident six years later, a park guest jumped a fence into the same area. He was trying to reclaim his hat, which he had lost while on the ride. He was decapitated by the ride.
When it comes to fairground rides, several have ended in injury for Georgia residents. Two small boys were injured in 2008 on a motorcycle kiddie ride at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. One of the motorcycles fell off the path, breaking one boy’s leg and spraining the other’s ankle.
Last year, a 13-year-old was left dangling several feet off the ground while riding the Zipper at the Coosa Valley Fair in Rome. The teenage boy came out of his harness when his cart’s door came open. He was able to grab a hold of the harness and hold on until he was rescued.
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