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These Amusement park accidents will break your heart. For example:
Matterhorn Bobsled, Disneyland, Anaheim, California – Modeled after the Matterhorn-a mountain in the Swiss Alps-the Matterhorn Bobsled steel roller coaster became the site of the first Disneyland fatality in 1964, when a 15-year-old boy was injured after he stood up in the car and fell out. He died three days later as a result of the injuries.
Rolling Thunder, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey – A 20-year old park employee died while riding the Rolling Thunder, a wooden roller coaster, during a test run in 1981. It was concluded that the employee may have not secured himself properly but the exact cause of the tragedy has remained unknown as nobody actually saw the young man fall from the ride.
Big Dipper, Battersea Park, London, UK – Big Dipper, a wooden roller coaster in London´s Battersea Park witnessed one of the most tragic accidents in amusement park history. In May 1972, a train that was being hoisted up to the start of the ride broke loose from its haulage rope and rolled backwards into another train. Five children were killed and 13 others injured in the accident.
Hydro, Oakwood Theme Park, Pembrokeshire, Wales – In April 2004, a 16-year-old girl died of internal injuries after falling approximately 100 feet (30 meters) from the top of the Hydro ride, a water roller coaster in the Oakwood Theme Park in Wales. It was later discovered that this attraction´s staff often failed to check the riders’ bars and seatbelts.
Ride of Steel, Darien Lake, Darien, New York – In July 2011, Iraq War veteran James Hackemer-who had lost both legs in a bomb attack-fell to his death from the Ride of Steel at the Superman-themed Darien Lake amusement park in New York. The ride was closed, but reopened after the death was deemed as an operator error. Hackemer should not have been allowed on the roller coaster due to his physical condition.