Child falls from roller coaster at Pennsylvania’s Idlewild park

Child falls from roller coaster at Pennsylvania’s Idlewild park


LIGONIER, Pennsylvania —A 3 year-old boy reportedly fell from a roller coaster at Idlewild and SoakZone on Thursday morning, according to reporting by WTAE.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the amusement park in Ligonier. A medical helicopter was also requested, and the patient was flown to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

It’s not yet known which ride the child was on, or how far the youth fell.

The park remains open to customers.

Idlewild has two roller coasters — the Rollo Coaster, with a height requirement of 36 inches, and the Wild Mouse, which has a 48-inch requirement.

Cars on the Rollo Coaster do not include seat belts. Riders who are under 48 inches must be accompanied by an adult.

This incident comes on the heels of a tragic accident at the Schlitterbahn where a 10-year-old boy died on one of the park’s waterslides.

See complete report here. 

Photo courtesy of Idlewild and SoakZone

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Bill Benson is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and current resident of Lebanon, Missouri. Specializing in social media digital content, he has been recognized and published nationally. Prior to moving to Lebanon, Bill worked as a photojournalist for Lake Expo.

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