Teen killed at Batman coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia
Written by Ben James
Story from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:Tweet
A boy was killed Saturday when he was struck by the popular Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia.
Police spokesman Dana Pearce said the victim was not on the ride when he was "struck and killed." Six Flags said in a statement that details of the fatal accident would be released "shortly."
According to Fox 5 TV, a group of boys with a church group visiting the amusement park jumped a fence around an off-limits area. One of them jumped to grab someone's feet as the Batman ride passed over, and he was decapitated.
Update: Six Flags' statement:
A 17-year old park visitor scaled two six-foot fences that secured the Batman roller coaster and was struck and killed by the coaster at approximately 2 p.m. today. We do not know why this person was intent on gaining access to this restricted area, as multiple signs clearly state: Danger Zone/Do Not Enter/Authorized Personnel Only.
Update 2: This is the second death at the ride involving a victim who was struck and killed while in a restricted area. In 2002, a Six Flags employee was struck and killed.
Update 3: The 17-year-old South Carolinan was sneaking back into the park after leaving for lunch. The first fence he and a friend scaled was the park perimeter fence. The second was the attraction fence.
Update 4: Victim ID'd as Asia LeeShawn Ferguson of Springfield, South Carolina. Ferguson was visiting with a group from Oakey Springs Baptist Church in Springfield.
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