Falling from the Mine Ride?

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 8:47 AM
Looking in the Roller Coaster Rollback today, it said that 21 years ago, a 5 year old fell 30 feet from the Mine Ride, fracturing his skull. Whoa! I definately never heard that one before. Can someone give me a little more information on this? Was he alright?
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 9:41 AM
Can a 5 year old meet the height requirment? Was there a height requirement back then?
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 9:45 AM
I would think so. I rode Magnum when I was 6 and that was the year it opened.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 9:45 AM
Yup. A 5 year-old boy close to age 6 probably could.

CBaby was 46" without shoes at that age.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005 9:52 AM
Pete's avatar Mine Ride had no height requirement if you rode with someone taller than 48". They did have a sign that said "No Hand Held Infants Please", but anyone under 48" could ride with an adult.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005 9:56 AM
About the only thing that I can add is the accident wasn't fatal despite the 30' fall. I don't know if there were lingering effects.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005 10:23 AM
I recall also hearing some speculation that the kid was, in fact, pushed. But that was only speculation. What I do know is that the most immediate effect was the implementation of a 48" minimum height requirement, in place of the 48" or accompanied requirement.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005 11:12 AM
My first roller coaster was the Yankee Cannonball @ Canobie when I was 3 years old, and from what Im told my mother kept me in the train more then the lap bar.

The next year I couldnt ride it because they implemented a height requirement.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005 12:28 PM
I can see it happening. Those fixed position Arrow lapbars leave a LOT of room for any small child/person to wiggle out or whatever. I'm surprised that the old Arrows haven't been given individual restraints.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2005 2:18 PM
Jeff's avatar In fact, the father the kid was with did not even say anything about losing the kid at first. It eventually went to court, naming the park and Arrow in the suit. Arrow settled, the park went to court and won. Indeed, he was apparently pushed.

I doubt you'd find a jury that sympathetic these days.

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