Incidents at CNL Income Properties parks

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This is a summary of notable incidents that have taken place at amusement parks, water parks, or theme parks managed by CNL Income Properties. This list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of every such event, but only those that have a significant impact on the parks or park operations, or are otherwise significantly newsworthy.

The term incidents refers to major accidents, injuries, or deaths that occur at a park. While these incidents were required to be reported to regulatory authorities due to where they occurred, they usually fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Caused by negligence on the part of the guest. This can be refusal to follow specific ride safety instructions, or deliberate intent to break park rules.
  2. The result of a guest's known or unknown health issues.
  3. Negligence on the part of the park, either by ride operator or maintenance.
  4. Act of God or a generic accident (e.g. slipping and falling), that is not a direct result of an action on anybody's part.

Darien Lake[edit]

  • On September 6, 2009, the body of a Pennsylvania man, William Sutherland, who had been reported missing the day before was found in one of the small lakes inside the parking lot. The cause of death has not yet been determined.[1]

Ride of Steel[edit]

  • On May 16, 1999, a 37-year-old, 5-foot-6, 365 lb (165 kg) male guest was unable to close his lap bar properly and was ejected and fell approximately 9 feet from the Ride of Steel roller coaster as the ride went over a "camel hump" hill, suffering serious injuries. The victim sued the park and the ride manufacturer Intamin for negligence, and was awarded US$3.95 million.[2]
  • On July 8, 2011, a 29-year-old guest was killed when he was ejected from the Ride of Steel roller coaster. The rider, an Iraq War veteran whose legs had been amputated, was on the front row of the roller coaster when he was thrown from the train during the course of the ride. Park officials stated that the ride was in proper mechanical order and that the various safety restraints were also working normally at the time of the incident, but that the attraction would remain closed pending an investigation.[3][4]

Elitch Gardens[edit]

Mind Eraser[edit]

  • In July 1999, a Denver woman decided to sue because of injuries obtained on the Mind Eraser roller coaster. She claims that the coaster resulted in many symptoms, including a bloody eye, slurred speech and memory loss. At least 21 other people also complained of injuries received from the ride. [5]

The Rainbow[edit]

  • In May 2002, a 28-year-old man with Down syndrome opened his seat restraints and stood while the ride was in motion, subsequently falling to his death. Witnesses reported that the victim unlatched his seat belt and maneuvered himself out of the lap restraints.[6]


  • In August 1997, a ride operator suffered a fatal fall from the three-story roller coaster platform. OSHA fined the park over $32,000 as a result.[6]

Frontier City[edit]

Mystery River Log Flume[edit]

  • On June 14, 2002, Three people were injured on the ride when two boats bumped into each other. The three, all from Ada, Oklahoma, were taken to St. Anthony Hospital and treated in the emergency room. The Emergency Medical Services Authority was called at about 9 p.m. to respond after the riders complained of back and neck injuries.

Magic Springs and Crystal Falls[edit]

Old No. 2 Logging Co. Log Flume[edit]

  • On September 4, 2006, an unidentified 11-year-old boy was injured when a stray .22 caliber bullet struck him in the wrist. Police had no suspects in the case.[7]

Twist and Shout[edit]

  • On July 30, 2006, a 45-year-old woman from Memphis, Tennessee fell from the Twist and Shout coaster due to centripetal force. The victim fell about 11 feet, and was taken to a local hospital.[8] Inspectors said that the victim was too large for the ride, causing the restraints to not work properly. A report by the Arkansas Department of Labor stated that the ride operator should not have let her occupy more than one seat on the ride. The victim sued the park and the ride's importer for US$16 million, claiming that the park failed to seat her properly, and that the ride did not provide adequate safety features.[9]


  • On June 9, 2007, a bird or other large animal crossed electrical wires in nearby Hot Springs, Arkansas,[10] causing a 25-minute-long power outage to the park. This caused many of the park's rides to shut down. Twelve riders on X-Coaster were left hanging upside down 150-feet above the ground for 30 minutes. Those riders were rescued by the local fire department who used a generator to provide enough power to the ride so the vehicle could coast to a lower access point. Riders on other attractions were evacuated by park employees without incident. Nausea was the primary complaint of the rescued X-Coaster riders, although one 37-year-old X-Coaster rider was taken to the hospital complaining of neck pain and a headache. The park has experienced minute power outages in the past with no incidents.[11]

Waterworld California[edit]

Banzai Pipeline[edit]

  • On June 2, 1997, a group of 33 high school seniors from a school in Napa attempted to break a school record for the most riders on the slide at one time. The riders' weight was more than three times the slide's maximum capacity, causing a section of the slide to collapse. A 17-year-old student died due to injuries. The other 32 students were sent to local hospitals for treatment.[12] In 1999, 14 of the victims reached a US$4 million settlement with the park owner, Premier Parks; the slide's designer and manufacturer, WhiteWater West, and the Napa Unified School District.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Missing man's body pulled from water at Darien Lake". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on September 8, 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Theme-park patron ejected from roller coaster". 2004-03-12. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  3. ^ "Iraq War vet dies on Darien Lake Rollercoaster". 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Double amputee Iraq war veteran dies after he was flung off roller coaster at 50 mph". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers Ltd. 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  5. ^ Sue Lindsay (1999-07-12). "A Mind Erased? Lawsuit Claims Ride Caused Head Injury". NewsOK. Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  6. ^ a b Jennifer Hamilton (2002-05-29). "Man died after standing up on ride, authorities say". AP. Archived from the original on February 18, 2005. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Boy Hit by Stray Bullet on Arkansas Log Flume, Police Say". AP. 2006-09-05. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  8. ^ "Woman Hospitalized after Fall From Magic Springs Roller Coaster". AP. 2006-07-31. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  9. ^ "Woman Who Fell From Coaster Seeks $16M". Fox News. 2007-05-24. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  10. ^ "Magic Springs: Animal to Blame for Weekend Power Outage that Stranded Roller Coaster Riders". KAIT 8. 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  11. ^ "Roller Coaster Riders Left Hanging". AP. 2007-06-10. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  12. ^ "Overloaded Water Slide Falls; 1 Is Killed and 32 Are Injured". N.Y. Times. 1997-06-03. Retrieved 2007-10-15.