Boy hospitalized after bird hits him in the face on Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure

Posted Friday, July 27, 2012 9:00 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond

A boy expecting a day packed with fun landed in the hospital Thursday afternoon when a bird slammed his face as he was riding the Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure. A park official said the roller coaster had already plummeted 45 stories back toward the ground and was pulling into the station when the bird struck the passenger's face.

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Friday, July 27, 2012 9:24 AM


Friday, July 27, 2012 9:35 AM

It was bound to happen at some point.

Friday, July 27, 2012 10:11 AM

Sounds like the ride was ending so it's not as if he took the bird to the face going 125mph.

But a similar incident in 1999 bloodied the famous face of Italian model, Fabio Lanzoni., the erstwhile margarine pitchman.

He was riding Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., when a goose crashed into his face as the roller coaster sped into a 210-foot drop.

He couldn't believe it wasn't butter.

Friday, July 27, 2012 11:31 AM

Can we get an over/under on how long before Timber-Rider gives us a dissertation on the dangers of birds at amusement parks? (including the one time he was there and he saw a bird do ________ something bad)

Friday, July 27, 2012 11:57 AM

I think it's been detailed before, but can someone tell this computer illiterate how to give a +1. ? I wanted to give one to Josh for the comment above that literally made me LOL here at work. When I click the box with the "+" sign, I just get the names of those who already gave the thumbs-up.

Friday, July 27, 2012 12:01 PM

The "Vote Up" link right beside the box with the + sign.

Friday, July 27, 2012 12:55 PM

I don't have "vote up"...just Link/Reply/Quote

Friday, July 27, 2012 12:59 PM

Just to make sure...

It won't be on your own posts. Everyone else's posts will have the Vote Up.

Beyond that, we need Jeff.

Friday, July 27, 2012 1:03 PM

Well, it was Josh's post I wanted it for, and it wasn't there..or on yours, for that matter. So I guess you're right We..that is, *I*..need Jeff.

Friday, July 27, 2012 1:22 PM

If you're using an old version of IE, you might not see the vote up button. I won't fix it, because I'm tired of supporting crappy old browsers that IT departments won't update. :)

Friday, July 27, 2012 1:25 PM

I +1'd Jeff's post just to drive his point home. I can't even stand the newer versions of IE.

Friday, July 27, 2012 1:26 PM

That's probably what it is, and I can understand you not wanting to fix it. Thanks for the explanation, Jeff.

Friday, July 27, 2012 2:34 PM

Firefox sucks also.

Friday, July 27, 2012 2:36 PM

+1,000 to Jeff's response. Right on!

Friday, July 27, 2012 3:11 PM

If it hit the boy after the drop, but not before the breaks, than isn't there a chance that he was traveling pretty darned fast when impact occurred?

Friday, July 27, 2012 3:31 PM

Here's what I can't help pondering: given that the momentum of the train probably carried the creature along for a few moments after the impact, is that enough for the bird to claim a credit for Kingda Ka? I know this is kind of a gray area...

Friday, July 27, 2012 3:32 PM

The park spokeswoman said the train was pulling into the station, so it must have been after the hill. You still have some pretty good speed at that point.

That was to Travis. Ensign slipped through the cracks.

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Friday, July 27, 2012 3:33 PM
Friday, July 27, 2012 3:33 PM

If this had happened at CP I wonder what wonderful safety precautions they would put on all their coasters to make sure it never happened again. I'm guessing some kind of wire mesh contraption to enclose the rider.

Friday, July 27, 2012 3:35 PM

Don't open those cans of worms, Ensign. You'll ruffle people's feathers. Besides that, the bird's surviving family members might eat them.


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