A young boy sustained serious injuries after falling off a roller coaster at the Idlewood & SoakZone amusement park in Ligonier, Pennsylvania on Thursday.
“A young boy was injured today while riding the Rollo Coaster with a family member and was airlifted to an area hospital. Our thoughts and concerns are with the boy and his family at this time,” said Idlewood & SoakZone in a statement following the accident.
According to a report from WPXI, the unidentified young boy was riding the park’s Rollo Coaster with his brother when he suddenly fell off. Following his fall, Idlewood & SoakZone spokesman Jeff Croushore said that the boy was conscious and talking. He was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
Following the accident, Idlewood & SoakZone has announced that they have closed the Rollo Coaster, while a full investigation of the accident is underway. Meanwhile, the rest of the amusement park remains open.
According to the amusement park, the Rollo Coaster has been around since 1938. Referred to as a “Classic Coaster,” the ride takes guests up and down a wooden hillside before turning around and taking passengers back to the station. To be able to ride the Rollo Coaster, a passenger must be at least 36″ tall. Meanwhile, those under 48″ would need to be accompanied by an adult.
Following the accident, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture said they are conducting an investigation into the incident. The department is responsible for inspecting and registering amusement rides under the Amusement Ride Safety Act. They also said that a private certified inspector had inspected the Rollo Coaster last August 6 and that the said ride had passed the inspection.
“Our thoughts are with the child involved in this incident,” they added.