Rider is thrown 10 feet off the roller coaster and is seriously injured at the Tennessee amusement park
Rider is thrown 10 feet from the roller coaster and sustained serious injuries after landing on the track at Tennessee theme park
- The accident occurred at Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster in Tennessee on Monday
- The rider was thrown out of the car near a corner, traveled 10 feet and landed on the track, with head, ankle and wrist injuries
- The attraction closed immediately, but reopened the next day after passing a safety inspection
- State officials began an investigation into the theme park incident
- In 2016, a woman was thrown from the same roller coaster and sustained serious injuries, causing the ride to be halted for 10 days.
A rider on a mountain roller coaster at an amusement park in Tennessee was removed 10 feet from the attraction on Monday, sustaining serious injuries and triggering a state investigation.
The incident took place shortly before noon on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster in Gatlinburg, which bills itself as ‘a unique, family-friendly thrill ride that literally puts you at the wheel!’
According to Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development records, the unnamed rider got into the air when the cart they were in approached a turn.
A rider was seriously injured on Monday after being thrown from the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster in Tennessee
The unnamed guest took to the air as the roller coaster approached a corner before noon on Monday
The roller coaster has single and double carts that travel on a track at speeds of up to 35 mph
The victim traveled about 10 feet from the drive before landing on the runway, according to the report cited by WBIR
The rider was taken to hospital to receive treatment for what have been described as ‘serious’ injuries to the head, ankle and wrist.
The attraction closed on Monday afternoon, but an outside inspector later checked the ride and found it in line with industry standards, paving the way for the state to resume the roller coaster the next day.
The victim was hospitalized with injuries to the head, ankle and wrist
The attraction closed immediately, but reopened the next attraction after passing a safety inspection
The theme park incident is currently under investigation by Tennessee government officials
A compliance officer from the state’s Amusement Device Unit was in Gatlinburg to gather additional information about the incident.
The roller coaster has single and double carts that travel on a track at speeds of up to 35 mph through the forest in the Smoky Mountains.
In July 2016, a female guest was seriously injured after being thrown from the ride, causing it to be shut down for 10 days.
Only after several safety inspections was the attraction allowed to reopen.