Summer theme park death toll rises, again
By my count, the number of people who died this season on or during attractions is up to seven now.
The latest was a 10-year-old girl with a heart condition at Illinois' Six Flags Great America, last night.
Of the seven deaths, two were of employees. All the remaining five guest deaths appear to have been from pre-existing medical conditions.
So... when was your last complete health physical? If it was more than 12 months ago, give your doctor a call. Today.
When I first read this e-mail, I decided to read back into past accounts of injuries and deaths at theme parks. I never expected to see what I saw. Yes, some people had pre-existing conditions and should not have even been on the rides. Some people didn't even know they had pre-existing conditions. Maybe some people might have done something they shouldn't have done. Maybe some operators/employees could have done more or did something wrong; like the case of the employee who walked across the tracks of a ride that was moving, and he died. And Yes, there are problems with some rides. But what really bothered me were some of the attitudes people had. Not everyone. Some people are seriously afraid or honestly concerned and saddened by the accidents that have caused injuries and loss of life. But many of the responses have been, " the worst part is that we didn't even get to ride it that day." Or,"we had to stand in line for 2 hours". I wonder how people can think like that and who would even want to ride on a ride that someone was just killed on. Especially when no one knows what caused the accident.
Michelle makes a great point. Our thoughts condemn us in those times. We all need to ask Christ for forgiveness. Another lesson we can get out of this...none of us are guaranteed one more day. Let's remember our Creator while we still have time.
I'm sad to say I was slightly offended by that comment: "We all need to ask Christ for forgiveness."
While any time someone dies it is sad news, i think the attention to theme parks death is being blown way out of proporton, alot of this is done for pr reasons.
I think this is more a statement of the health of America as opposed to a statement of safety at theme parks. I don't think it's being blown out of proportion at all. If anything, it raises awareness of your health and the warning signs at these parks that are trying to protect you from death/injury.
Very sad indeed. Preexisting condition it was found to be....again, although it's not even known what she was riding in the kiddieland. It happened while she was running to her parents. Thoughts and prayers go to the family. A ten year old dying under any circumstances is a tragedy.
I have to agree with Derek's last comment. But I think one of the worst things about this is that many theme parks are developing really bad reputations because of these incidents, while a majority of the accidents occur because of a lack of discretion. I don't mean to come off as insensitive, and my prayers do go out to all families affected by these tragedies, but I still think this lack of discretion is a major problem in parks today.
This Summer, my son and I were standing in line and Goliath was temporarily shut down. Apparently there was something on the rollercoaster that needed "welding" if you can believe a park employee told me that was the reason the ride was shut down. I asked "WHAT" they had to "weld". No one had an answer. I think it's important that people respect the warnings and take care when they get on a ride- ANYTHING can happen on one of these rides.
All of you are saying that theme parks are safe and its the person's fault for not reading warning signs, but if someone of the general public would come across this site, they would probably think otherwise. Most if not all of the articles here have been negative, and alot of the other news is being missed. I guess since we were all caught up in theme park safety we forgot Disney World got a new president, a new Legoland park has been considered for Olathe,KS, and alot of other news....
Its sad that another person has died especially at that age but The press always makes such a big deal out of it and blows these out of proportion. Yet how many people die each day in the US due to car accidents,or at their work .The press Loves to blast these stories and ask just how safe theme parks are .From experance and and watching the the news I'd say there a heck of alot safer than it is driving your car to the store I watched a show on this on cable awhile back and the vast mojority of injuries and deaths are do to riders not following the safty rules or using common sense or parents not paying attention to their kids .IE a 5 yr old boy had his foot run over at Disneyland on Big Thunder Mountain because the mother was to busy with another child then contends its Disny's fault for not covering how kids should disembark from the train .It all comes down to common sense and personel responsility.Plain and simple fact I've learned after 20yrs of visiting Theme parks.Their rides are safer to be on than it is to drive a car to work or anywhere else
AHHHH, in my home state's park!!!!
Chance Bush, whoever you are...what on EARTH are you talking about??? What does this have to do with anything? And yes, I CAN believe a park employee told you the reason the ride was shut down. These rides cost millions of dollars, and it's not just the steel/wood and machinery that's costing all that. Quit trying to scare everybody and let us have our damn fun.
Well this just shows how very little something can cause such health problems! Have anybody ever been on the Jetsons? It is not at all intense. In fact, I am pretty sure that the car ride home from Six Flags would be more intense! However, why is this happening all of a sudden. Have we all just gotten unhealthy?
Anytime something bad happens, we (being human) attempt to try and understand the situation and explain it away. Why? Because that makes us feel better about life and feel safer living. It's a false security, but security nevertheless. There will be two camps, those who blame the parks and those who blame the victim. The reality is that no one is to blame. Theme parks cannot account and prepare for every medical issue - if they did, there would be no such thing as theme parks or parks for tat matter. But, the victims are not at fault either. Unless you are old, overweight, have had signficiant medical issues, or are a hypochondriac a doctor will not give you a stress test or a functional EKG. So, 90 % of us really don't know what our heart can take. Bad things just happen periodically - it's part of the wildly unpredictableness of life.
Pre-existing condition or not, a child on a ride or attraction designed for a 170 pound adult just leave too many questions unanswered for me.
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