A child was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital Thursday after falling from a roller coaster at a western Pennsylvania amusement park, Westmoreland County officials said.
The child was conscious and alert after the incident at Idlewild and SoakZone park in Ligonier, about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh, county dispatch said. The condition of the child, transported by medical helicopter to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, wasn’t immediately released.
Park spokesman Jeff Croushore told WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh the incident occurred on the Rollo Coaster, a ride that dates to 1938.
“Our rides are inspected daily… safety is always our number one priority,” Croushore told the TV station.
Park officials did not return a call or email from USA TODAY seeking information.
It is the third major incident at a U.S. amusement park in four days. On Sunday, a 10-year-old boy died on a giant water slide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City. Caleb Schwab was riding on the “Verrückt,” German for “insane,” which is billed as the world’s tallest water slide. The park reopened Wednesday amid an ongoing investigation. The water slide will remain closed for the season.
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SOURCE: USA Today, John Bacon