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UPDATE: Police: Lap Bar Failed in Roller Coaster Accident

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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UPDATE Mar. 28

A police report cites a faulty safety bar in an accident on a roller coaster ride at a Wisconsin Dells area indoor resort.

An attorney for the family of 63-year-old Anthony Theisen says he remains in a coma at University Hospital in Madison with numerous fractures and a brain injury.

Lake Delton police say Theisen fell nearly 17 feet from the roller coaster to the concrete floor at Mt. Olympus Theme Park March 6. Theisen's wife, Kay Theisen, was riding in the same coaster cart and told police her husband's lap bar unlocked when they went around a corner and he was thrown into the air.

A police officer who checked the ride said it appeared the locking mechanism on the bar was stripped. A Mt. Olympus maintenance worker told investigators the ride was working properly during test runs that day.

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UPDATE: Fri 3:29 PM, Mar 7, 2014

An investigation is still on going to determine how a 64-year-old man fell out of a rollcoaster Thursday evening at Mount Olympus in the Wisconsin Dells.

According to WISC-TV, the ride’s manufacturer, Zamperla Manufacturing, and OSHA are looking into the accident.

A Mount Olympus employee said the man fell 15-20 feet from the Opa roller coaster at the theme park, which is in a building behind the water park.

The man was transported to St. Clare's hospital in Baraboo, and was then transported by Med Flight to UW Hospital. Officials said the man was not moving but he was breathing when they took the 911 call around 5:35 p.m.

The theme park is closed, but the water park is still open.

Lake Delton police said this is not a criminal investigation.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Thurs 6:53 PM, Mar 7, 2014

A state agency is investigating after a 64-year-old man fell out of a roller coaster at Mount Olympus in the Wisconsin Dells Thursday night.

The Department of Safety and Professional Services has sent OSHA Amusement Ride and Ski-tow inspection staff to the scene where a man fell 15 to 20 feet and landed on the floor.

A Mount Olympus employee said the man fell off the Opa roller coaster at the theme park, which is in a building behind the water park. The theme park is closed, but the water park is still open.

Officials said the man was not moving but he was breathing when they took the 911 call around 5:35 p.m.

The man was transported to St. Clare's hospital in Baraboo, and was then transported by Med Flight to UW Hospital, authorities said.

Lake Delton police said this is not a criminal investigation.

According to a release, Mount Olympus staff members have been very cooperative.

The ride’s manufacturer, Zamperla Manufacturing, is investigating the incident as well.

Authorities say a 64-year-old man has fallen off an indoor roller coaster at a Wisconsin theme park.

The Sauk County sheriff's office dispatch center says the man fell 15 to 20 feet and landed on the floor Thursday.

The dispatch center says it happened around 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Olympus Theme Park & Water Park Resort.

Paramedics were called. The man's condition is not known.


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