An accident at the Magical Midway Thrill Park recently claimed the life of a worker after he fell while working on the I-Drive amusement ride. The accident investigation is ongoing, but early reports state that the incident occurred around 2PM. The 30-year-old victim was at around 90 feet in the air and wearing a safety harness while working on the ride when he fell, according to Orange County Fire Rescue. The Battalion Chief Mark Smothers with the Orange County Fire Rescue said he did not know why the man fell, but that the accident occurred when the worker was six feet in the air before being caught by the safety harness he was wearing at the time of the accident.
Emergency responders arrived at the scene within four minutes of the accident and began a high-angle rescue. Sadly, the emergency medical responders were unable to save the victim and he died at the accident scene. The officials shut down Magical Midway Thrill Park after the incident while the investigation was ongoing.
Unfortunately, worker injuries at Florida theme parks are as common as tourist injuries. A worker recently died while repairing a ride at Walt Disney World, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The 52-year-old victim suffered massive head injuries while repairing the Primeval Whirl roller coaster ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The victim was airlifted to an Orlando hospital but died of his injuries the following day.
An Orlando injury lawyer can provide guidance if you have been injured at one of the many theme parks in Florida.