Child falls off rollercoaster at Idlewild Park

A spokesman for the park says the boy was on the ride with his brother Thursday afternoon when he fell.


LIGONIER, Pa. (AP) – A 3-year-old boy has fallen from a wooden roller coaster at a Pennsylvania amusement park and is hospitalized.

A spokesman for Idlewild and SoakZone amusement park near Ligonier says the boy was on the ride with his brother Thursday afternoon when he fell.

A Westmoreland County emergency dispatcher says the boy was conscious and airlifted to a hospital.

The boy’s name and condition haven’t been released.

Park spokesman Jeff Croushore says he can’t say whether the ride malfunctioned.

The Rollo Coaster opened in 1938 and takes riders up, down and around a wooded hillside. It doesn’t require seat belts. It passed an inspection Saturday but will stay closed until an investigation ends.

The accident comes four days after a 10-year-old boy was decapitated as he rode a waterslide at a Kansas water park.

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