Six-Year-Old Girl Dies on Ride at Colorado Amusement Park

The Haunted Mine Drop in a July 2017 photo at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colo. The Haunted Mine Drop is billed as the first drop ride to go underground, plunging riders 110 feet inside of Iron Mountain. An investigation is underway after a 6-year-old girl on vacation with her family died, Sept. 5, 2021, on the Haunted Mine Drop ride. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP, File)

An investigation is underway after a 6-year-old girl was fatally injured on a ride at an amusement park in Colorado, officials said.

The incident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. local time Sunday at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, located atop Iron Mountain in Glenwood Springs, about 60 miles west of Vail.

The child was fatally injured while riding on the Haunted Mine Drop ride — which plunges riders 110 feet down a pitch-black tunnel in seconds — the Garfield County Coroner’s Office said.

Employees of the amusement park administered first aid until paramedics arrived and determined the child was dead, the coroner’s office said in a statement.

The name of the child, who was visiting with her family from Colorado Springs, has not been released pending notification of additional family members.

An autopsy is scheduled for this week, said the coroner’s office, which is investigating the death along with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

In the wake of the fatality, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park was scheduled to be closed Monday and Tuesday.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Meredith Deliso

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