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Another ride accident at a Six Flags Park

Six Flags America: Girl falls from ride at Six Flags America

From Lawrence Smith
Posted August 4, 2007 at 2:19 PM
I was watching my local news last night when they had breaking news. A six year old girl fell from a spinning ride called the "Octopus." The girl suffered possible head, hip, and leg injuries that are not life-threatening. Park officials claim the little girl stood up on the ride. You can use the link to get the story. She was taken to Children's Hospital in Washington, DC. Luckily, she survived. Let's wish her a speedy recovery. With the accident that happened in Kentucky, this is some more negative publicity for Six Flags. I'm just curious, do you all think this will hurt the business at Six Flags or amusement parks as a whole?

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From Adrienne McDonald
Posted August 4, 2007 at 2:22 PM
Well if she was too young to ride alone, or not smart enuf to know better there shud've been an adult or older child to keep her sitting down. Perhaps they should install seatbelts to keep kids in their seats.

From Dustin Kern
Posted August 4, 2007 at 2:26 PM
Here's the actual link to the story.;jsessionid=48D9382493544D14FC9DB91D71A9A05E?contentId=3967063&version=4&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=1.1.1&sflg=1

I hope for a speedy recovery!

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted August 7, 2007 at 10:10 PM
Yes, me too. Thanx for the link. :).

From steve lee
Posted August 8, 2007 at 3:35 PM
Octopus/Monster rides traditionally NEVER have restraints. The whole concept of the ride is based on the rider having enough common sense to not stand up. If a person stands up on Spaceship Earth and plummets to the bottom of the geosphere, will Disney have to install OTSRs?

It's unfortunate that the girl got hurt, but it really needs to be stressed in the media that this accident was caused by the rider, not by the park. Of course we all know that's not going to happen - it's far too sensational to tie this story into that other Six Flags story, even though there's not much of a connection other than the park chain.

From Joe Jackson
Posted August 27, 2007 at 8:12 AM

I know you said "traditionally" Octopus rides don't have restraints. However, in the case of SFA, Octopus does have lap belts and lap bars.

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