Reports: Child, 3, Falls From Idlewild Roller Coaster in Pennsylvania
A 3-year-old child has fallen from a roller coaster at a water park near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Thursday afternoon.
The boy was hospitalized with unknown injuries, official said. The incident took place at the Idlewild & Soak Zone in Ligonier, located east of Pittsburgh, a fire official told NBC News.
It’s unclear how the child fell off the roller coaster. There were no other injuries.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the child was conscious and was flown to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The accident took place at 12:18 p.m. local time.
Detectives were called to the scene of the accident.
The incident follows other accidents at amusement parks in recent days, including one in Tennessee that left three girls injured when a Ferris wheel bucket overturned. Meanwhile, a 10-year-old boy was killed after falling on a water slide in Kansas.
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The Pennsylvania Amusement Ride Safety Division shut down the roller coaster. Meanwhile, an investigation has been opened, supervisor Joseph Filoromo told NBC.
The park’s website lists two roller coasters, a classic wooden-style one and a steeper one at treetop level. It’s not clear which one the child fell from.