Second Ride Temporarily Closed at Orlando’s ICON Park After 14-Year-Old Boy’s Fatal Fall

People visit a makeshift memorial for Tyre Sampson outside the Orlando Free Fall ride at ICON Park on March 27, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. Sampson, a teenager visiting from Missouri on spring break, fell to his death while on the ride. (Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP)

A second ride owned by the company that makes ICON Park’s Orlando FreeFall, the attraction from which a 14-year-old boy fell to his death last week, has been temporarily closed, its owner said Tuesday.

Deputies responded to the Orlando FreeFall attraction at ICON Park just after 11 p.m. Thursday after receiving a 911 call about someone falling from a ride, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The teen, identified as Tyre Sampson, was taken to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, where he died, according to officials. He was visiting from Missouri.

On Tuesday, the owner of the FreeFall and another ride in the park, the Slingshot, said both were closed.

“We have suspended the operations of the FreeFall ride and the Slingshot ride at Icon Park,” Ritchie Armstrong, the CEO of the Slingshot Group, said in a statement.

“We are heartbroken by the loss of Tyre Sampson and absolutely devastated for his family and loved ones. We are fully cooperating with the authorities at the state and local levels who are investigating this tragic incident,” Armstrong said.

The FreeFall and SlingShot are the only rides owned by SlingShot Group on ICON Park’s property.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Elisha Fieldstadt

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