Florida roller coaster closes after boy suffers “traumatic injuries”

A child was injured at an Orlando-area theme park after falling from a roller coaster, which has since been temporarily closed, officials said Friday.

Officials said that a child suffered injuries after he fell from a rollercoaster at an Orlando theme park. The ride has been temporarily shut down.

Fire officials reported that the child, described by them as being 6-years-old, had been hospitalized Thursday after falling from the Galaxy Spin at Fun Spot America near Kissimmee.

In a press release, Osceola County Fire Rescue and EMS Office stated that “Units found a 6-year old with traumatic injury under the rollercoaster tracks which were approximately 20 feet above.”

An aerial view of the Galaxy Spin roller coaster ride at Fun Spot in Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday.


First responders reported that the boy was transported to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The condition of the boy was not disclosed.

Aaron Keller, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said that they are investigating this incident.

He said, “The ride has been closed until the conclusion of the investigation.”

Fun Spot stated in a press release that an initial inspection by state officials of Galaxy Spin “found it in normal working condition without any mechanical issues.”

The park announced that it will not reopen this ride until the leadership is sure such an accident won’t happen again.

The park stated that “our thoughts and prayers go out to the child and his family and we hope for a quick recovery.” The safety of our visitors is our top priority.

According to the website roller coaster database which tracks coaster specs globally, Galaxy Spin features “spinning car” that rotate as it moves through tight turns, helping it be defined as a “wild mice” style attraction.

According to the database, the Galaxy Spin is capable of travelling at 29 mph. It can also subject riders to forces 2.5 times greater than gravity.

Fun Spot America which operates parks in Orlando, Atlanta and other cities, has stated that children must be 48 inches or taller to ride Galaxy Spin. If they are with an adult, the minimum height is 42 inches.

Kissimmee lies approximately 22 miles south-southwest of Orlando.

The incident occurred days after a roller-coaster ride at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio. In that case, the ride seemed to suddenly freeze near the top.

Photos and videos posted on social media Monday appear to show passengers walking from the top of Magnum XL 200 coaster.

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On the park’s official website, this coaster is hailed as a Guinness Book of World Records winner for its cutting-edge height.

Cedar Point representatives did not reply to our request for a comment.

A video posted by festival goers in Wisconsin during the Fourth of July weekend showed a few riders hanging off a rollercoaster that was upside down on the midway. Last month, in Rye, New York was unable to stop a spinning ride. The amusement park staff had no other choice than to unplug the ride so that passengers could exit.

A guest found a large crack on a support beam that was moving out of place when a car passed.

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