10 most extreme
Amusement Park Accidents

10. Mindbender, Galaxyland, Edmonton, Canada

The world’s largest indoor triple loop roller coaster, the Mindbender is also a site one of the deadliest incidents in amusement park history. In June 1984, missing bolts on a wheel assembly of the last car caused the train to disengage from the track.

Mindbender

9. Hydro, Oakwood Theme Park, Pembrokeshire, Wales

The teenager who died in a 100ft fall from "Europe's fastest and wettest" water ride was a Sunday school teacher, described by friends as a gifted singer and a sensible girl who would not have taken risks.

Hydro ride

8. Space Journey, East Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen, China

Located in a Shenzhen´s amusement park, the Space Journey ride involved cars spinning inside a domed screen portraying movies about space. In June 2010, however, one of the cars suddenly came loose and the whole dome ricocheted around, causing an electrical fire, before plunging to the ground, with more than 40 people inside. Six died, five were critically injured and five more suffered serious injuries.

roller coaster

 

7. Ferris Wheel, Gulliver´s World Theme Park, Warrington, UK

In July 2002, a 15-year-old girl with Down’s syndrome died after getting out of her seat and falling down from the Ferris Wheel at the Gulliver´s Theme Park in England. During investigation, it was found that she had wanted to ride with her mother, but the park employees refused, saying that her mother was too big and needed her own seat.

Ferris Wheel

6. The Xtreme Racer, Legoland Billund, Billund, Denmark

On April 29, 2007, a 21-year-old park employee was killed by a ride vehicle on The Xtreme Racer after she climbed over a security fence to retrieve a guest’s wallet. The roller coaster was closed for a short period of time after the incident but it was reopened soon after and is still in operation.

Legoland Billund

5. Ragin Cajun, Six Flags America, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

On May 29, 2004, a 52-year-old ride mechanic from Zion, Illinois was killed by a roller-coaster car of the Ragin Cajun attraction at the Six Flags America amusement park in Maryland when he was trying to cross the tracks. Suffering from a traumatic head injury, the man died at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee soon after the accident.

roller coaster

4. Colossus, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California

Once the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, Colossus was the site of a deadly accident in 1978 when a 20-year-old woman died after falling out of the ride. The lap bar was locked in place but due to the woman’s obesity it proved to be ineffective. This incident prompted the ride to be closed for a year while the trains were switched out and other adjustments made.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

3. Wildcat, Bell´s Amusement Park, Tulsa, Oklahoma

A major attraction at Bell´s Amusement Park in Oklahoma, the Wildcat roller coaster witnessed a fatal incident in April 1997 when mechanical failures on the ride caused a car near the top of a chain hill to disengage and roll backwards, colliding with another car. The accident killed a fourteen-year-old and injured six others.

Wildcat roller coaster

 

2. Inferno, Terra Mitica, Benidorm, Spain

In July 2014, an 18-year-old boy from Iceland was thrown out from his roller coaster seat at the Terra Mitica amusement park in Spain. The unfortunate boy died shortly after the incident in the ambulance. Investigation found out the harness of the boy´s seat was open but the cause of the failure was not determined.

Terra Mitica

1. Le Vampire, La Ronde, Quebec, Canada

On July 6, 2012, Le Vampiere roller coaster at La Ronde amusement park in Quebec became fatal for a 67-year-old employee of the park who was reportedly found underneath the attraction in a restricted area, appearing to have suffered head trauma. Park officials stated that the employee had been struck by the roller coaster. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

La Ronde

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