Teen injured on Busch Gardens' Alpengeist
Published: August 11, 2006 at 9:00 PM
According to initial reports from James City County fire officials, the boy fractured his femur in two places while riding, at about 5:20 p.m. Now, here's where the story gets unusual. Park officials said that the victim suffered from a pre-existing medical condition that affected his legs. So, as a result, the teen was airlifted from BGE's parking lot to a Children's Hospital in Norfolk, which, apparently, is the only hospital in the area with experience treating this condition. (FWIW, I'm still awaiting word on what the condition is.)
Alpengeist is B&M inverted coaster, where riders' legs dangle freely during the ride. How that combined with whatever this condition turns out to be to result in multiple leg fractures, I suppose we'll have to await an explanation.