State Orders Roller Coaster Closed After Injury

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LAKE DELTON, Wis. (AP) -- The state has ordered a roller coaster at a Wisconsin Dells area resort closed after a rider was severely injured in a fall.

WISC-TV reports the state Department of Safety and Professional Services cited four code violations on the Mount Olympus ride and noted the lap bar that came open was "defective."

Lake Delton police say 63-year-old Anthony Theisen fell nearly 17 feet from the roller coaster to the concrete floor at the indoor theme park March 6. His attorney, Todd Korb, says he came out of a coma Monday, but the long term effects of his brain injury are unknown.

A Mount Olympus statement says the state's findings about the lap bars are inconsistent with what their internal investigation. But they note they've permanently closed the ride.


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