Gum Not The Reason Girl Died on Six Flags Coaster
Six Flags Great America:
A coroner's report finds that the young girl who died on Raging Bull last summer had an enlarged heart. Contrary to initial reports, chewing gum played no role in her death.
Gum Not Cause of Girl's Death at Six Flags Great America
Lake County (Indiana) Deputy Coroner Tammy Williams found that the victim, Erica Emmons, 11, of Gary, Indiana, had an enlarged heart.
Interesting twist I must say! There was a topic on this very subject where some complete heartless poster had no sympathy for the deceased girl--maybe that person will show some now!
I do feel very very very bad for this poor little girl. God bless her.
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Now will SFGAM take down all the signs about not chewing gum on roller coasters?????
I think it is still a good idea to ask people not to chew gum on any high-speed or turbulent ride. Why take the risk?
Even if the gum just falls out, it is a sticky mess. From a custodial standpoint, many parks wish that all gum would just disappear, and that no one would chew it ever.
Glad to see that this matter was cleared up. Even though gum wasn't the cause, it still should be discouraged, at the least on intense rides. The gum thing always rang a little strange to me, and it probably did to the girl's family as well. Maybe the truth will bring a bit of closure to the family. My heart goes out to them.
I ALWAYS chew gum when im at theme parks and NEVER have had any problem on any ride and ALWAYS make sure to dispose of it in the proper container.
Just another example of how in todays current climate that if something negative may have happened major over-reaction sets in with seting far over-reaching policies to combat what has turned out to be a non-existent problem.
Yes, all of SFGAm's signs at the entrance to the rides had a new line added to the bottom saying gum or candy may not be eaten while riding. This happened during this past season after this incident occured.
I eat gum on coasters all the time and have never choked. I do feel very bad for the girls family and wish them the best.
Just because you never had trouble with chewing gum on rides doesn't mean you should keep doing it. Accidents ALWAYS happen. ALWAYS.
Well i have still chewed gum on roller coasters this year and i have had no problems ta all.
One mistake, even a tragic one shouldnt cause every guest to have to spit out there gum before riding a coaster, escpecially when this rule isnt enforced at non-SF theme parks.
From Joe Lane
Posted August 22, 2004 at 7:24 PM
OGrosky, I fully encourage you to chew gum on every thrill ride from now on...
Joe, i will do so tomorrow when i visit SFGAM.
I wonder where OGrosky went. Hey, maby he died too! Let's party!
From Ben Mills
Posted February 18, 2005 at 6:45 AM
That's a terribly insensitive thing to say. Robert contributes much to these boards, and I'm sure many people would miss him, both online and offline, were he to tragically pass away. It would seem that you meant the comment in humour, but please, be a little bit more thoughtful in future. No one deserves to be told that someone wishes them to die, not even TPI's comedy villain, T Holland. That's just plain mean.
Well. im still here and im still alive and still chew gum on roller coasters and no worse for the wear!!
(Not you Robert)
This was released awhile ago that she died from heart problems. Why are we bringing it up again? Also, Lake County is in Illinois, but thats not too big of a deal!
Wasn't this like 2 years ago?
Have you ever heard the phrase "I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter"? I only respect people that deserve it. People that deserve it are those who use their heads for something other than a hat rack.
Again, this is really old news! I have no clue why we are still talking about it. If this is just a discussion to verbally murder somebody, then it should be taken off. Yes, what the guy said was stupid, but it was said and we need to move on! Stop this bickering like children!
Yeah didn't she go on the superman,I was supposed to go that day,but they said she had an heart condition.
No it was Raging Bull and it happened more than two years ago!
Wow Anthony, doesn't time fly while your having fun?
Well Adrian I am just suprised that this post has been revived since the incident has happened more than four years ago! (I was wrong in the first post!)
Its old news!
Anyway, this would be my "home park" I guess since I live only about 40 minutes from it! Still, I would take Disney or Universal any day!
I remember Astroworld had a "gum target" in the que line of the Mayan Mindbender. It was disgusting & gross. There was gum EVERYwhere, even on the trees. It was so gross! I think the park opened a can of worms when they put that up coz I think ppl just threw gum anywhere just for kix. I think if ppl wanted to chew gum it should be their decision. I really don't chew gum, very rarely if any; I would be too afraid of choking on it riding a ride though but it should be a person's choice whether to chew it or not.
True that it is old news, but that does not change the fact that it is big news. I think it is interesting no matter how old it is and yes, I do feel bad for her and her family. This story still lives. Just this past season when I went on RB, some guy said "ok now nobody chew gum."
Ok, I would just like to point something out!
This happened more than 3 years ago!
We should really let this topic go now...
(Oh crud I just responded!)
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