Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

When the thrill ride goes wrong


I can’t imagine what the family went through when they saw 12-year-old Teagan Marti drop 100ft and the net was not ready to catch her.

Investigators said operator error is to blame for an accident at a Wisconsin Dells amusement park that left a 12-year-old girl critically injured.

Police said a net used to break a 100-foot fall on the Terminal Velocity ride at Extreme World was not in place when Teagan Marti, of Parkland, Fla., was dropped from the aerial platform Friday.

Her father, Dr. Alex Marti, said Tuesday that when he saw her hit the ground, he “thought she was dead.”

On Tuesday morning, the father said Teagan was awake and stable, but likely will have some paralysis. Marti said his daughter has no major injury to her brain.

You can talk about parental responsibility all you want, but most of us take it for granted that the ride is safe or they wouldn’t let anyone go on it. It’s one thing to wonder about the girl’s age, but given what happened it would have been a tragedy regardless of the victim’s age.

Here’s the Terminal Velocity ride in action:

And here’s another view:

I probably wouldn’t let my child on it, but I’m not surprised that someone else let their child ride it. Just something to think about when we’re all at State Fair next week and we’re watching the kids on the Ejection Seat.

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