A tragic accident at a Colorado theme park resulted in the death of a young girl.
A 6-year-old girl named Wongel Estifanos fell from a ride and suffered fatal injuries.
The attraction carries six passengers at a time and drops down a shaft 110 feet into the ground.
The accident occurred at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
Following an investigation, state officials have determined that she had not been properly secured into the ride.
The Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety released a report detailing the incident.
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The victim was not properly secured into her seat. The ride’s operators apparently did not notice that she was sitting on top of her seatbelts instead of being properly strapped in. When the ride’s system alerted the operators to the issue, they reportedly took “several incorrect steps” and dispatched the ride after resetting the seatbelt monitors.Advertisement
State officials inspected the ride several days after the incident and determined that the ride itself was operating correctly.
The report concludes that the ride’s operators did not properly prepare the ride before allowing passengers to board. The seat belts had apparently been buckled during a previous ride when the seat was empty and were not unbuckled after that ride returned to the station.
They also violated the Amusement Ride and Devices Regulations by not following the proper operating procedures.