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Unverified Injury Accidents at Theme and Amusement Parks

These incidents have been reported by Theme Park Insider's registered users, but they have not been confirmed yet by a second source at this time. Please read our Accident Watch page for information on how and why we are collecting this information.

Sea Oddysea at Port Ventura, Costa Dorada, Spain
July 20, 2008
Please be aware. You are required to take photo ID to get into the park. We found out only a week before we went so had to take pass ports. You are told to place your bag in the hold in front of your seat on this ride. Our passports, digital camera and approx 50 Euros were stolen whilst on the ride. -- Reported on July 28, 2008 by Karen Aris.


Hurricane Harbor water park at Six Flags Great America
July 17, 2008
A little girl went down a flume just two people ahead of us. I saw her at one of the bends, spinning around like a spider on its back. She was very little. We were waiting quite a while for the lifeguard to let the next person go. She was very diligent in not letting riders go down the slide until the previous rider had exited out the bottom. (I ALWAYS watch for this!) The little girl didn't come out after a very long time. There was some kind of commotion at the bottom, whistles started blowing, and we were all told that the slide was closed. The little boy in front of me (her big brother?) peeked over the edge and said, "Oh no! Excuse me, I gotta get out of here!" then ran down the stairs.) We headed down the steps, and before we got down, everyone else was evacuating the structure (One of those climbing, sliding, buckets-of-water-dumping play areas). When we got off, I noticed that everyone was staring at something. I asked a man what was going on, and he said there was a girl stuck in the purple tube (which was where we'd been.) He said something about lifeguards and paramedics working on her and he said he'd seen them lifting her arms above her head, but he wasn't sure if she was alive. When we reached my husband, he said there were a bunch of paramedics and lifeguards sprinting toward the area where I'd just been. That area of the park was closed for at least another hour and a half, and the last I saw of it, thousands of people were staring concernedly at that area of the structure. Obviously this ended up being a very serious accident. I'd love to be able to stop worrying about this little girl and her brother. All we could do was pray, but we didn't stick around, for fear that my little girl would witness something terrible. -- Reported on July 18, 2008 by Brenda Boehlke.


Swift water Run at Dollywood Splash country
July 11, 2008
My daughter and I got on a double raft the attendant had me to get in front because I was the smallest one . The raft shoots quickly down into the tunnell and shoots you out into a large bowl almost like a toliet bowl you go around and around for a few seconds then you are quickly shot into another tunnell that last just a few seconds. Inside that tunnell just before exiting I fell off the float slammed my head on the side of tunnell,tried to stand up and the force of the water slammed me back down hit my head again, then the force of the water swished me out of the tunnell and slammed my head into the bottom of the pool at the very end of ride. That ride gave me bulging 2,3,4,and sick disk in my neck. Been rough ever since. -- Reported on September 29, 2011 by Linda Birdsell.


Tornado (water slide) at Six Flags America
July 9, 2008
The raft that my daughter was on went airborn and fractured her spine. She was in intensive care and had a major surgery to repair her spine. The physician said that she came as close as he had ever seen to being a parapalegic. She did however recover with some continuing pain. We feel very fortunate that she able to walk. However Six Flags has not acknowledged the accident to us or offered any compensation. -- Reported on March 3, 2010 by Cheryl Greggs.


Cobraen at Tivoli Friheden, Denmark
July 5, 2008
an axle on the new Cobra roller coaster at Tivoli Friheden in Denmark broke, sending two passengers plummeting to the ground while at the same time, smashing the legs of two passengers directly behind them. most articles are in Danish but there is an English one below. -- Reported on July 30, 2008 by Bo Pedersen.


Knights Tournament at LEGOLAND California
June 23, 2008
My son and I rode the two person ride. The attendant locaded us, however did not lock the overhead bar against us, it was loose. Unable to get his attention the ride took off. We came off the ride sore and nauseous. Days later we went to ER. Son age 6 confirmed severe whiplash by MRI. I had a cervical spinal injury as a result and whiplash. 6 months later working through medical means to avoid surgery, however Neurosurgeon believes that is my only option. -- Reported on January 4, 2009 by R Galuppo.

Follow-ups:

Working with HENDERSON law firm in California. Any other parties with similar accidents or any injuries attributed to this ride, please CONTACT JILL HENDERSON in Pittsburgh, CA -- Reported on June 5, 2010 by R Galuppo.

UPDATE July 2010. Legal lawsuit filed in State of California. Verifiable records -- Reported on July 18, 2010 by Rebecca Galuppo.


Skull Island at Six Flags over Georgia
June 10, 2008
Skull Island at Six Flags over GA is very dangerous to kids. My daughter fell and cut her thigh, knee, and elbow. She was bleeding very badly. Skull Island is not safe at all. I had to use the first aid kit and put it on her wounds and 5 other kids needed 1st aide too at that same time. Other parents offered to help me with my daughter, but no concerns from Six Flags employees. I had to walk and carry her out the park. Also in the changing room another little girl fell and bumped her head. They need to put some type of water mats down for safety. I will never go back. -- Reported on June 18, 2008 by Cheryl Sapp.


Thunder Road at Carowinds
June 5, 2008
My lap bar came unlocked after we went down the 1st hill. Myself and the woman riding next to me where holding on for dear life as the ride continued unitl its completion. -- Reported on June 9, 2009 by Amanda davis.


X2 at Magic Mountain, Santa Clarita, CA
June 1, 2008
During middle to end part of the ride, my head forcefully hit he back of my seat. I became dizzy immediately after walking off the ride. I was, however, able to walk off, so didn't report anything. Within 20 minutes, I had a major headache. Within 45 minutes, I was cognitively impaired. I ended up in the ER an hour and a half later. I suffered a concussion. -- Reported on June 17, 2008 by michelle paqquette.

Follow-ups:

I can't believe this happened to you on X2! I love that ride, I ride it all the time, and I have never hit my head. -- Reported on May 27, 2009 by Sarah Meeks.

The first ride I rode as soon as I arrive to Magic was X2. The ride was smooth and fun, until the last few minutes when my HEAD BAND REALLY HARD ON THE BACK OF MY SEAT. I felt a strong feeling of "brain freeze" and sharp SHARP pain in the back. I told my friends and she one had felt the same thing. That lasted for like an hour. It then went away, and the at night felt the pain coming back. I took 2 Advil's that night. Today, two day later, I am considering going to the doctor because I still feel light headed. Anyone had this happen to them? What did you do? What did the doctor tell you? -- Reported on April 26, 2010 by c o.

The first ride I rode as soon as I arrive to Magic was X2. The ride was smooth and fun, until the last few minutes when the BACK OF MY HEAD GOT HIT REALLY HARD ON THE HEAD REST. I felt a strong feeling of "brain freeze" and sharp SHARP pain in the back. I told my friends and she one had felt the same thing. That lasted for like an hour. It then went away, and the at night felt the pain coming back. I took 2 Advil's that night. Today, two day later, I am considering going to the doctor because I still feel light headed. Anyone had this happen to them? What did you do? What did the doctor tell you? -- Reported on April 26, 2010 by c o.


Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure
May 26, 2008
Was exiting the ride from the boat to the moving turntable when lost footing and fell resulting in a sprained right knee. First aid was received at the park and follow up medical care was sought the next day. There were no hand rails or attendants to assist in getting out of the boats. -- Reported on May 30, 2008 by Terry Parnell.


V2: Vertical Velocity at six flags discovery kingdom
May 19, 2008
me and my friend was with a class and went to V2: Vertical Velocity my we got on fine but when we went up her restraints wasnt locked and opened she held on and made it through the ride. I dont know what i would of done if i lost her. its all because of poor lock checks >:[ it was around may of 2008 not shure about my date. -- Reported on February 28, 2009 by ashley meyers.


Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure
May 15, 2008
We rode in the front, and a father took his little girl in the first row. he moved her to the row behind us since she did not fit in the lap bar, way too skinny. When we hit the bottom of the drop, the little girl smashed her face into our backrest. Her face was covered in blood, and her teeth were both out of her mouth, some hanging by a thread. -- Reported on June 22, 2009 by kerri kosmas.


Roa's Rapids at Aquatica
April 19, 2008
The ride is a fast moving water ride where you are floating freely. I had my feet on the ground most of the time and one of my toes got caught in a metal grate (the opening were too large) slicing across the toe and nail and ripping the toenail almost completely off. It was very painful. The park was very standoffish. I had to go to the emergency room to get the nail parts removed, yes more pain. -- Reported on April 22, 2008 by Melissa Mitchell.


Ghost Rider at Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA
April 19, 2008
When about 2/3 of the rides was complete, as I just sat there hanging on, I felt a crack through the middle of my upper body, for a second I felt like I could not breath. At the end of the ride, as I got up I felt excruciating pain through the middle of my upper body. First Aid was called and they sent up a wheel chair. I was asked to climb over the ride to get near the exit to get to the wheel chair. I was transported by wheel chair to First Aid where they supplied me with pain pills and a heating pad. I was later transported to West Anaheim Medical Center...where I was diagnosed with a fracture of the T6 vertebrae. -- Reported on May 5, 2008 by Nima Palma Maples.


Ninja roller coaster at Six flags over Georgia
March 29, 2008
My son who is 63lbs and 10 years old decided to ride the Ninja. He was tall enough by 7 inches. He had not ridden a roller coaster in 2 years and was very nervous and excited. He did not hear the "workers"( talking with their mouth right next to the microphone and with no articulation,) tell him to put his head against the head rest.He didn't. His neck started burning 2 hours later. It started raining so we left but his neck got worse and worse. We drove home to Mobile the next day and he was in torture. I took him to the pediatrician on MOnday and he was diagnosed with severe cervical strain also known as whiplash. It was so bad he missed 5 days of school and his jaw also locked up. He could only sip liquids and eat soft food. We saw an orthopedist for x-rays of the neck and on oral surgeon for x-rays of the jaw. His jaw still hurts and makes a crunching sound. It also hurts after every meal from chewing.He was tall enough to ride the Ninja but I believe there should be weight component also. This was a terrible and painful injury for my son. Everyone with thin children be aware of this!!!! -- Reported on April 15, 2008 by patricia Spafford.

Follow-ups:

I'm sad to hear this happened. I don't think a weight requirement would make a difference however, based on your posting. Weight is not the issue as it would have made no difference with whiplash. The only thing making a difference is height, and your son was tall enough. Had your son followed directions, and, as harsh as this sounds, followed common sense, this would not have happened. I apologize for your inconvinience. -- Reported on March 29, 2009 by Eric 5675.


Rock-n-Roll Roller Coaster at MGM Studios
March 26, 2008
I was just finishing up the roller coaster ride when I attempted to get out of the ride when it stopped my foot got caught inside the ride and as I fell over had a 10" long - 2" wide - 1/2" deep gash on my leg that required a wonderful ambulance ride as well as 30 stitches in my leg and 4.5 hours in the emergency room in celebration. Second day of the trip 1st ride of the day -- Reported on April 8, 2008 by George Dala.


feerless freeps at Six Flags Over Georgia
March 22, 2008
Client received hand injury requiring surgery when injured while grabbing the ring device used to slow and stopp riders. -- Reported on November 19, 2008 by Larry Givens.


Ghostrider at Knotts Berry Farm
February 29, 2008
We decided to take our kids (9 & 10) to knotts for my sons 10th b-day. the first ride we went on was ghostrider. I had my daughter and my husband had my son. We were excited, until the first drop. Throughout the whole ride we were thrown all over and I was so scared that my kids would break their necks. I held my daughters head close to me and hugged her with the other hand and yelled for my husband to hold on to my son. They were so frightened and crying so bad that I just wanted to leave. It was a very horrible experience for me and my kids. I got what feels whiplash or worse. My daughter was terrified to go on any more rides that day and my son was very skeptical. I could not get on any more rides either. -- Reported on March 1, 2008 by Desiree Moore.

Follow-ups:

I'm 48 and my boyfriend is 50, but we are adventerous park riders. We should have listened to his 17 year old daughter and her friend when they said this was the most jarring ride they have experienced (and they ride anything - the scarrier the better. From the first dip, we were bounced about like rag dolls. I felt instant pain in my lower back and my neck was jerked from side to side and front and back with each dip and turn (there are no neck restraints) I cannot imagine a severe car accident causing more trauma to one's back and neck then this ride imparts - I lost count as to how many times I was VIOLENTLY SLAMMED on this ride. I am sore and cannot move without feeling pain in my lower back and neck and I am becoming stiffer as the day wears on. We all commented we felt an inch shorter as if the discs in our back were totally compacted. There is no indication this ride is as herky jerky as it is and would be much better if slowed down a bit. I will never ride this one again! -- Reported on April 10, 2008 by Karen Stewart.

Yes, this ride definitely gives you an "out of control" side to side and front to back feeling as most wooden roller coasters are famous for. It gives one the feeling that you will "jump the tracks" as you head for the turns at high speeds. You feel as if you are four wheeling in a jeep at fast speed (bouncing around and hanging on for dear life. I enjoy a good thrill but this ride really makes me feel uncomfortable and scares me. As annual pass holders for the year of 2007 at Knotts, my husband, myself and our two daughters, one with Muscular Dystrophy (weak muscles-neck and head control very weak rode this ride without incident as our youngest child (with MD) loved the ride, (she would ride with a parent who could support her head and neck with our arm around her, but later that year we began feeling more uneasy about it and stopped riding it. I think Silver Bullet at Knotts is much better and a thrilling safe feeling to ride. Very smooth. Also rode new pony express with my daughter and she liked that one. Avoid the wooden roller coasters if you aren't strong enough to hang on and brace yourself well or if you have any back/neck issues at all. Why cause yourself more pain? Don't risk it. Also, beware of the abrupt stop on Excellerator if you have neck issues. Great ride, but breaks hard and fast at the end of ride like a "whip lash" type stop twice. -- Reported on August 3, 2008 by Bonnie Winberg.

Yes, this ride definitely gives you an "out of control" side to side and front to back feeling as most wooden roller coasters are famous for. It gives one the feeling that you will "jump the tracks" as you head for the turns at high speeds. You feel as if you are four wheeling in a jeep at fast speed (bouncing around and hanging on for dear life. I enjoy a good thrill but this ride really makes me feel uncomfortable and scares me. As annual pass holders for the year of 2007 at Knotts, my husband, myself and our two daughters, one with Muscular Dystrophy (weak muscles-neck and head control very weak rode this ride without incident as our youngest child (with MD) loved the ride, (she would ride with a parent who could support her head and neck with our arm around her, but later that year we began feeling more uneasy about it and stopped riding it. I think Silver Bullet at Knotts is much better and a thrilling safe feeling to ride. Very smooth. Also rode new pony express with my daughter and she liked that one. Avoid the wooden roller coasters if you aren't strong enough to hang on and brace yourself well or if you have any back/neck issues at all. Why cause yourself more pain? Don't risk it. Also, beware of the abrupt stop on Excellerator if you have neck issues. Great ride, but breaks hard and fast at the end of ride like a "whip lash" type stop twice. -- Reported on August 3, 2008 by Bonnie Winberg.


Toon Town at Disneyland Anaheim
February 3, 2008
My wife got her foot caught in a wide section of the railing on the walkway in toon town at about 3:00 PM. She fell and broke her kneecap. Although the RN's were pleasant they made it clear they could not even touch my wife. They did give her an ice pack. We rented a wheel chair to get Sally out of the park and the wheel chair staff were completely undone and threatened to call security when I questioned the rationale of charging us for the use of the chair to transport my wife out of the park she had just fallen in. -- Reported on February 13, 2008 by Michael Pollock.


Hammer Slammer at Blue Ribbon Entertainment
January 30, 2008
A 15-year-old carnival worker died after being hit in the head by a piece of a ride that was being dismantled -- and a state insurance official said the ride was overdue for inspection -- Reported on January 30, 2008 by Erin Aeschbacher.



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