Pennsylvania Roller Coaster Closed After Toddler Falls Out
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A 3-year-old boy has been hospitalized after falling off of a roller coaster at Idlewild and Soak Zone in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, Thursday.
CBS News reported the boy was riding the wooden "Rollo Coaster" with his older brother when he fell out, falling approximately 12 feet onto the tracks below.
Built in 1938, the Rollo Coaster doesn't have seatbelts and instead uses a lap bar to secure riders.
Although the severity of the boy's injuries remains unknown, amusement park spokesman Jeff Croushore said the boy was conscious when medical personnel arrived on the scene and was subsequently airlifted to a nearby hospital.
The 78-year-old roller coaster has since been closed indefinitely.
"At this point, the department is working with the amusement park's staff and local officials to investigate," the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's communications director said in a statement via the Dayton Daily News. "As part of that investigation, the department has an inspector on site to inspect the ride, and we are examining the inspection history. At this point, we know the ride was most recently inspected by a private certified inspector on Aug. 6, 2016, and that it passed that inspection."
"This ride is one of more than 10,200 across the commonwealth that is registered with the state," the director added. "There are more than 1,650 inspectors that the department has trained and certified to monitor rides in an effort to strengthen public safety."
Known simply as Idlewild, the popular Pennsylvania amusement park is located roughly 50 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Thursday's incident at the park comes just days after a 10-year-old boy was killed while riding the world's tallest water slide in Kansas.
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