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Re: Child falls off Idlewild roller coaster

Postby Samuel » Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:07 pm

I'm lifting this straight from the news as I'm hearing it on my TV: It was Rollo Coaster, the coaster was inspected this morning, the boy is in a Pittsburgh hospital, and Ligonier police are handling the investigation as to what went wrong.

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Re: Child falls off Idlewild roller coaster

Postby BeansproutMidget » Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:45 pm


I send my prayers to the family and the boy. Hopefully he heals soon, and everything is okay.

As for Rollo Coaster, how old was the kid? Was he really three? I understand there's no real seatbelt, but the boy should have had a parent with him, right?

I dunno, I'll just wait and watch what happens. It's quite sad something like this happened at such a park like Idlewild. I have a good amount of memories of the ride, back when I lived in the area, so seeing it was kind of shocking.
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Re: Child falls off Idlewild roller coaster

Postby bill_s » Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:20 pm

carsonmadsen wrote: I just wish there was a way to prevent all fatalities at all amusement parks worldwide. I mean there is absolutely no reason why anyone should lose their life at an amusement/theme park, there's just no excuse. Sadly more people will continue to be killed at parks no matter what.

Way I see it, there's a lot of living that happens in parks, unfortunately that means some dying. They sometimes seem like fantasy worlds where people adventure but nothing bad ever happens, and that would be great if true. Especially since much of what happens simulates extreme danger. Of course some causes of death are more regrettable than others.

Imagine how many deaths would occur from people seeking even a tenth the thrills by other methods.

I can remember a time wishing rides were more extreme and they'd just say "ride at your own risk" ... of course thinking about accidents seriously will cure you of that delusion, and the operators and park itself are always at risk.

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Re: Child falls off Idlewild roller coaster

Postby KPfan » Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:23 pm

Rollo Coaster has been operating without a restraint since it opened 75 years ago. Despite the changes in law, the state never required the park to install restraints. And with that kind of track record, it's not even something I'd raise questions over. You can watch YouTube video of the ride which is relatively tame. A 3 yr old, however, needs to be with a responsible rider since they lack the ability to properly handle themselves on a coaster. Most parents place their arm around their kids. I'm not sure this boys brother thought to do the same.

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Re: Child falls off Idlewild roller coaster

Postby Password121 » Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:16 am

Concerning the idea that 2016 is a bad year for theme park safety, I'd say that the fact that a non-fatal accident on a ride is major national news points to the overall relative safety of rides and their reputation for safety. Even today (yesterday now) those that went to Idlewild were safer at the park than just driving there, accident included.

That said, it's always saddening to hear about an accident but I'm glad to hear nobody died. Hopefully there aren't any unnecessary lawsuits.
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Re: Child falls off Idlewild roller coaster

Postby CMK » Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:12 am

If local paper's (Tribune Review) sources are correct then this looks like a double fail between the ride ops and the parents. As a parent of two girls roughly the same age (6 1/2 and 2 1/2) I would never dream to consider my oldest daughter a "responsible rider" to protect her little sister. That being said the ride ops should have caught this as well (if the facts are correct) as they boarded the ride to override the parent's stupidity.

State inspectors and law enforcement are investigating how a 3-year-old boy tumbled from a classic wooden roller coaster he was riding with his 7-year-old brother Thursday at Idlewild Park & SoakZone in Ligonier Township.

The boy, from Jeannette, was in critical condition and underwent surgery Thursday afternoon, according to sources. His name has not been released.
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Re: Child falls off Idlewild roller coaster

Postby SharkTums » Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:59 am

I barely allow KT to ride with way would I let her ride with another small child!!!!!

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Re: Child falls off Idlewild roller coaster

Postby Jakizle » Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:45 am

SharkTums wrote:I barely allow KT to ride with way would I let her ride with another small child!!!!!

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Re: Child falls off Idlewild roller coaster

Postby The Geek Mojo » Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:49 am

Sounds like 2016 has a case of shitty parenting going on.

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Re: Child falls off Idlewild roller coaster

Postby Philrad71 » Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:26 pm

Wow...a 7 year old escorting their 3 year old brother?

If a kiddie ride, yes...but not one with a 48" limit. Even if it is a small wooden family coaster.


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