Incidents at Cedar Fair parks

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This is a summary of notable incidents that have taken place at amusement parks, water parks, or theme parks that are currently owned or operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. This list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of every such event, but only those that had 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. 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. Negligence on the part of the guest, such as refusal to follow specific ride safety instructions.
  2. A guest deliberately breaking park rules.
  3. A guest's known, or unknown, health issues.
  4. Negligence on the part of the park, either by a ride operator or maintenance staff.
  5. An Act of God or a generic accident (e.g., slipping and falling) that is not a direct result of an action or inaction on anybody's part.

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Canada's Wonderland[edit]

Other incidents involving guests[edit]

  • On May 11, 2003, with the park packed with people for Mother's Day, two guests were involved in a fight at the front gates of the park, which led to a shooting death. It was thought to have followed a prior dispute involving the two over a drug exchange, according to York Regional Police. The park has since added metal detectors at the front gate, with additional security.[1]
  • On October 26, 2014, two people were stabbed in the parking lot after the amusement park had closed. One of the victims, a 21-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim, an 18-year-old boy, was taken to an area hospital with "critical injuries" and was later released. On November 13, 2014, York police announced the arrest of an 18-year-old boy in connection with the attack. They believed the attack was part of a confrontation that began inside the park and continued into the parking lot, and that there may have been other victims who did not report their injuries.[2][3]

Victoria Falls[edit]

  • An 18-year-old diver from Scarborough, Ontario, drowned in the pond below the waterfall on Victoria Day weekend in 1988. After swimming for 10 minutes, he approached the falls to retrieve a frisbee. His brother tried to help but was pulled underwater several times. Resuscitation efforts by park staff failed. In an inquest, Wonderland's Director of Engineering denied the pond had an undertow.[4][5] Security and warning signs were posted after the incident, which was ultimately blamed on a whirlpool effect created by the waterfall.[6]

Carowinds[edit]

Copperhead Strike[edit]

  • On August 18, 2019, a guest was taken to the hospital after receiving a hand injury while riding. The ride was temporarily shut down following an investigation.[7]

Dodg'em[edit]

  • On June 4, 2018, one of the vehicles caught on fire. There were no injuries.[8]

Nighthawk[edit]

  • On March 17, 2007, seven park employees riding in a test run of BORG Assimilator (later renamed Nighthawk) received minor injuries when the seats changed position during the ride. The ride operator accidentally pressed a button after the train left the station that unlocked the pins responsible for keeping the seats in a fixed position. The ride was later modified to disable the button while trains are in motion.[9]

Park-wide incidents[edit]

  • On June 9, 2016, a transformer exploded near the park which caused a power cut to the park. Riders were stranded on various rides, including 17 on WindSeeker and an unspecified number on the Intimidator roller coaster. This incident also caused Fury 325 to come to a halt, leaving some riders stranded in the middle of the ride, and others just out of the gate. No riders were injured, although some waited over an hour before they were evacuated by park personnel. The park was scheduled to open normally the following day, but with some affected rides closed.[10]
  • On September 5, 2016, at the same time when the park was closing, the police were informed that a 22-year-old man from Charlotte, North Carolina, allegedly shot a 14-year-old boy in the bus parking lot. According to deputies, they believed that the shooting was started as an argument inside of the park. The man was arrested by the police while the boy was hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center suffering life-threatening injuries.[11][12]

Thunder Road[edit]

  • On April 5, 1999, two trains collided, injuring seven people.[13]

Cedar Point[edit]

Park-wide incidents[edit]

  • On May 28, 2018, Cedar Point suffered a park-wide power failure, caused by a car hitting a nearby utility pole outside the park. Guests were stranded on multiple rides including Millennium Force in 90-degree heat, and it took up to two hours for power to be fully restored. No significant injuries were reported.[14]

Cedar Creek Mine Ride[edit]

  • On May 24, 1984, a 5-year-old boy suffered a fractured skull and bruises after falling from the train's front seat during its 30 feet (9 m) drop. This was before height restrictions at Cedar Point, so although the boy was too small to ride, the park did not know. The park added the 48 inch height restriction and thicker lap bars after the incident.[15]
  • On July 30, 1988, injuries were reported after an empty train was released from the station and collided with a train full of passengers stuck on the coaster's second lift hill. Twelve people filed lawsuits against the park, eight of them passengers and four of them parents. On February 5, 1991, one of the plaintiffs was awarded $35,000 after the jury deliberated for about four hours. The victim suffered nerve, knee and back injuries.[16][17]

GateKeeper[edit]

  • On July 13, 2013, a man from Columbus, Ohio, was found unresponsive after one of the trains returned to the station. He was given CPR on-scene, then hospitalized. A park spokesman said the man survived a medical condition unrelated to the ride, which reopened about six hours later after passing a mechanical inspection.[18]

Magnum XL-200[edit]

  • On May 26, 2007, a train moving at about 10 mph (16 km/h) hit a parked one, causing minor damage to both and injuring at least three passengers. Two were treated on scene, and a third, who had an asthma attack, was taken to a local hospital. The ride returned to single-train service the next day. The park said the accident was due to early morning condensation leaving the tracks too wet.[19]

Raptor[edit]

  • On July 6, 2009, a guest complained of feeling faint after the ride. Raptor was immediately shut down as the guest was transported to a local hospital. The ride remained closed for the remainder of the day, reopening the next afternoon after a thorough inspection was completed. The guest was later released from the hospital.[20]
  • On June 21, 2015, a 37-year-old man injured his right leg when the gates in the ride's loading platform closed on him as he was boarding the ride. The incident resulted in a 4-inch-long gash (10 cm) on his lower-right leg, and he was taken to a nearby hospital where he received 11 stitches.[21][22]
  • On August 13, 2015, a 45-year-old man was killed by the roller coaster after going into the ride's restricted area to retrieve a dropped cell phone.[23] He was struck in the back of the head by a passing train. Park emergency crews attempted to revive him, but was soon pronounced dead on scene. The ride was shut down after the incident and reopened the following day after passing inspections.[24]

Shoot the Rapids[edit]

  • On July 19, 2013, a boat rolled back down the ride's lift hill and flipped over, injuring seven, and was said to leave them stranded under water for several minutes before park employees could get them out. Six were cleared by park medical staff, and one was examined at a nearby hospital before being released. The ride was closed for the remainder of the 2013 season. Shoot the Rapids reopened in 2014 but was closed permanently on September 2015.[25]

Skyhawk[edit]

  • On July 26, 2014, a cable for one of the carriages attached to the pendulum snapped, injuring two riders. One was treated at the scene, while the other was treated at a local hospital and later released. Skyhawk reopened on August 1, 2014.[26]

Snake River Falls[edit]

  • On July 3, 2013, a boat on Snake River Falls failed to generate a splash at the bottom of its descent, causing it to become dislodged at the track's first turn. Cedar Point later determined that the water level was too low. No injuries were reported.[27]

Space Spiral[edit]

  • On May 18, 1985, ten people were stranded on Space Spiral for several hours inside its cab. The device responsible for raising and lowering the cab had partially failed, preventing the cab from returning to ground level. It had to be raised to the top of the tower, with its passengers being evacuated either by ladder or winch and harness.[28]

Steel Vengeance[edit]

  • On May 5, 2018, opening day for the 2018 season, a train returning to the station lightly bumped another train that was parked in the station. Four riders were examined by the park's first aid team and released. The ride reopened later that day with only one train in operation.[29]
  • On July 23, 2018, a 17-year old boy threw a packet of hot sauce at a train. Seven people were treated at the park, and one woman had to get her eyes flushed out. The boy was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.[30]
  • On August 11, 2018, a tire from the drive system, located near the brake run, became detached and landed near the queue. The ride was temporarily evacuated and reopened later the same evening with no injuries reported.[31]

Top Thrill Dragster[edit]

  • On July 14, 2004, four people were struck by metal debris that sheared off the coaster's launch cable during launch. They were treated at the park's first aid station, and two sought further treatment at a nearby hospital.[32]
  • On August 7, 2016, a launch cable became detached on the ride. Two passengers were evaluated at the park's first aid station and later released, resuming their visit in the park. The ride remained closed through the next business day.[33]

Valravn[edit]

  • On June 26, 2019, two trains suffered a minor collision in the station. Several riders were evaluated by the park's first aid staff and no injuries were reported. The ride was temporarily closed for several weeks.[34][35]

VertiGo[edit]

  • On January 14, 2002, a 200-foot (61 m) portion of one of VertiGo's 265-foot (81 m) steel towers collapsed. It was later determined to be caused by the removal of the ride vehicle during off-season maintenance. When attached, the vehicle provided stabilization, preventing the towers from swaying past their 8-foot (2.4 m) sway allowance. On March 11, 2002, the park announced the removal of VertiGo rides from both Cedar Point and Knott's Berry Farm.[36][37][38][39]

White Water Landing[edit]

  • On July 20, 2002, two boats became stuck at the bottom of the drop, and a third boat collided with them from behind. All six riders were examined at hospital for minor injuries and released. The ride reopened the following day after an investigation.[40]

WildCat[edit]

  • On May 16, 2008, a car rolled backward down the lift hill, colliding with another car. Ten riders suffered minor injuries. Inspections confirmed a suspected fault in the ride’s anti-rollback system.[41]
  • On June 5, 2011, a car returning to the station collided with a stationary car. Seven riders suffered minor injuries, three of which were evaluated at a nearby hospital.[42]

California's Great America[edit]

Park-wide incidents[edit]

  • On July 4, 2019, police were called near the entrance of the park where a woman was shot during the evening of the fireworks show. The victim was struck on the arm by a handgun. She did not suffer any serious injuries and was also treated at the scene. It was ruled as an altercation between two family groups.[43]

Drop Tower: Scream Zone[edit]

  • On August 22, 1999, a 12-year-old boy with a mental disability fell from the tower and died. His family claimed the harness was not locked properly. An investigation was inconclusive and no charges were filed.[44][45][46]

Flight Deck[edit]

  • On September 7, 1998, a 25-year-old Spanish-speaking man from Hayward, California was struck and killed by the dangling leg of a 28-year-old San Jose, California woman. As he could not understand the park's English warning signs, he entered into the ride's restricted area to retrieve his hat. He was rushed to Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead an hour later. The woman broke her leg.[47]
  • On June 12, 2015, a maintenance worker was critically injured after being struck in the head by a moving train on Flight Deck. A passenger sustained serious hand and leg injuries in the incident.[48]

Great Barrier Reef[edit]

  • On July 12, 2007, a 4-year-old boy drowned in a two-foot deep area of the wave pool. Lifeguards and EMTs tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara.[49][50]

Halloween Haunt[edit]

  • On October 28, 2017, police reported that there were multiple witnesses where 20 teenage boys were assaulting and robbing park visitors. One person was arrested while others suffered minor injuries and some were taken to the hospital.[51]

Invertigo[edit]

  • On August 10, 2009, 24 passengers were stuck on the ride 80 feet (24 m) on top of its lift hill when it malfunctioned. It took firefighters more than four hours to safely evacuated passengers down the staircase. No injuries were reported.[52]

Logger's Run[edit]

  • On July 4, 1989, two boys intentionally jumped out of the ride. One 9-year-old from Oakland, California died and the other fell safely onto an emergency platform.[53]

Whizzer[edit]

  • On March 29, 1980, a 13-year-old boy from Palo Alto, California was killed and eight other passengers were injured when two trains collided.[54] The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission charged the park with not reporting a possible defect in the ride's braking system. Marriott Corporation settled the civil penalty action brought by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission with a US$70,000 payment.[55][56] The Commission found that eleven other incidents happened on the ride between 1976 and 1979, resulting in an unknown number of injuries.[55]

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom[edit]

Flying Dutchman[edit]

  • In 1986, a 13-year-old girl was injured after riding the coaster.[57]
  • On August 26, 1986, 2 people were injured after riding the coaster.[58]

Halloween Haunt[edit]

  • On January 31, 2019, a lawsuit was filed against the park when a mother from Lehigh County, Pennsylvania claimed that her teenage girl suffered injuries while visiting the park with her friends back in September 2017. One of the park employees who was dressed up as a costumed ghost accidentally scared and shouted loudly in her ear. Despite the fact that the girl did not want to be afraid, she then fell to the ground and became injured afterwards. Her mother is currently seeking more than over $150,000 against the park and its company for her daughter's injuries.[59]

Hercules[edit]

  • On July 18, 1993, 15 passengers were injured when two trains collided.[60]

Steel Force[edit]

  • On June 22, 2019, a 31-year-old man from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania allegedly punched a 14-year-old boy after they were arguing about where to sit while waiting in line to ride the coaster. He was arrested by the police and was taken to Lehigh County Jail and stayed there for two days.[61]

Stinger[edit]

  • On May 2, 2014, two people were injured when the ride rolled back into the station.[62]

Thunder Creek Mountain[edit]

  • On May 16, 2004, a log vehicle was stopped at the top of the lift hill, with other logs backing up behind it. Four riders received minor injuries while trying to escape from the ride, and were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital as a precaution.[63]

Thunder Creek Raceway[edit]

  • In August 1990, a man from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania suffered back injuries while riding in his go-kart. The rear of his go-kart was struck by a child that was riding behind him.[64]

Thunderhawk[edit]

  • In July 1990, a man from Red Lion, Pennsylvania was injured when the car he was seated in failed to stop and slow down after the course of its run and collided with another train parked at its station. He was treated for back, chest and neck injuries.[65]
  • On July 21, 1990, two cars collided at the bottom of the lift hill. Seventeen people went to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. Operators tested the ride after the accident and found nothing mechanically or physically wrong with it. Operator error was posited as a cause. It re-opened the next day.[66]

Wildwater Kingdom[edit]

  • In June 1989, a woman from Pottstown, Pennsylvania claimed that she injured her right ankle while riding on the Riptide Run water slide. There were too many people riding down the slide and she was crushed to the side of the pool.[67]
  • In June 1990, a girl from Pottstown, Pennsylvania was injured while riding in an inner tube on the Lightning Falls water slide. She was thrown from her tube after it collided with another that was stuck in a nearby tunnel. Her face struck to the bottom and lost one of her teeth and also suffered back, neck and head injuries.[68]
  • On June 16, 1994, a 14-year-old boy from Bronx, New York drowned in the wave pool. His body was found overnight by a construction worker after the park's closing, and he was later pronounced dead.[69] The incident occurred during a school field trip; investigations placed the blame on six adults from Intermediate School 166 in the Bronx, who were in charge of the field trip and had failed to verify who was able to swim before releasing the pupils into the water park. In addition, when the victim was reported as missing, an assistant principal failed to act accordingly. Blame was also placed on the Dorney Park staff and lifeguards for making little effort to find the missing child.[70] In 2002, the victim's mother was awarded $10 million from Dorney Park and the New York City Department of Education after both were concluded negligent by a Bronx Supreme Court jury.[71]
  • On April 24, 2014, a 23-year-old male worker from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had his foot crushed by a forklift as he was trying to hold onto a rope to move a steel column used for a new attraction of the park opening that year called "Snake Pit" which is a water slide complex consisting of many different slides. He suffered injuries to his foot and ankle and his right leg was amputated after the forklift slowed down for another vehicle to pass by, making him lose his balance. A lawsuit was filed four years later on December 5, 2018 and he was awarded $2.75 million in a settlement against the ride's manufacturer.[72]

Geauga Lake[edit]

Baywatch Water Show[edit]

  • On August 17, 1996, a boat driver lost control of his allegedly mechanically failing boat during a Baywatch-themed water-ski stunt show, crashing it into the fifth row of the stadium. Seventeen people were hospitalized, and five were treated on-scene.[73]

Big Dipper[edit]

  • On September 26, 1999, three people were injured after two trains collided.[74]

Mr. Hyde's Nasty Fall[edit]

  • On August 5, 1998, two cars collided, injuring four teenagers.[75]

Raging Wolf Bobs[edit]

  • On June 16, 2007, a train failed to climb a hill and rolled backwards. The back of a train partially derailed, but there were no injuries. The ride never reopened, as the park closed at the end of the 2007 season.[76]

Villain[edit]

  • In July 2000, a 44-year-old woman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was injured when she was hit by objects. She suffered a fractured skull and a broken nose. Park officials said people were throwing rocks at rides.[77]

Gilroy Gardens[edit]

Sky Trail Monorail[edit]

  • On July 25, 2017, 9 passengers were stuck on the monorail when it broke down during the afternoon and were stranded 35 feet in the air high above ground. Firefighters rescued the passengers immediately. No injuries were reported.[78]

Kings Dominion[edit]

Dominator[edit]

  • On July 20, 2012, a 48-year-old woman from Pitt County, North Carolina, was found unresponsive in a car after the train returned to the unloading station.[79] She was reported to have had a "seizure-like episode" after her ride.[80] She was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Mechanicsville, Virginia where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy discovered she had a brain aneurysm.[80] The ride reopened on July 23, 2012, after passing two safety inspections.[80]

Intimidator 305[edit]

  • While performing a test run prior to the park opening on July 9, 2013, one of the Intimidator 305's trains became stuck near the top of the lift hill. The train was eventually brought down a week later, and the ride remained closed for more than two months. Kings Dominion later explained the closure through a statement released on their official Facebook page on August 28, 2013, which stated that a problem with the weight distribution on the gearbox caused a part to warp and fail. The replacement part had to be custom-built in another country, causing the extended closure. The ride eventually reopened on September 14, 2013.[81][82]

Shockwave[edit]

  • On August 23, 1999, a 20-year-old Long Island man fell from his safety restraints to his death. An investigation discovered the restraints were working properly and still secured when the train returned to the station. Less than a month later, a 13-year-old boy, concerned that he was not properly restrained, intentionally slipped out of them as the train ascended the lift hill and jumped onto the adjacent maintenance catwalk.[83]

Tornado[edit]

  • On July 4, 2017, a woman from Stuarts Draft, Virginia suffered major injuries and a concussion on the Tornado water slide after the raft she was riding in flipped over.[84]

Twisted Timbers[edit]

  • On June 10, 2018, a woman from Chesterfield, Virginia got hit in the forehead by a cellphone while riding Twisted Timbers. She was later taken to the hospital and received three stitches. Two months later following the incident, signs were put up around the entrance of the roller coaster saying that cellphones were forbidden from riding.[85][86]

White Water Canyon[edit]

  • On August 7, 1990, a boat on the White Water Canyon Rapids ride flipped over, injuring three, when one boat caught up with another near the ride's midpoint. It was ruled as a "freak occurrence."[87]

Eiffel Tower[edit]

  • On August 13, 1986, a 32-year-old North Carolina man leaped to his death after jumping from a curved, 9-foot-high restraining barrier on the tower's observation deck. The observation deck was enclosed with a barrier after the incident.[88]

Other incidents involving guests[edit]

  • On April 12, 2003, two men were shot, one of them critically, during a parking-lot altercation shortly after the sixth-annual Black Entertainment Television College Hip-Hop Fest.[89]

Volcano: The Blast Coaster[edit]

  • On June 23, 2006, debris went flying during the coaster's launch which cut a man's leg. An investigation discovered a loose bolt had become lodged in the linear induction motor magnets used to launch the train.[90]

Kings Island[edit]

Eiffel Tower[edit]

  • On May 13, 1983, a 17-year-old boy from Delaware, Ohio was attending a graduation party with his classmates fell about 200 feet (61 m) to his death down the elevator shaft of the Eiffel Tower. He had climbed a large fence onto an emergency stairwell and then into the shaft for an unknown reason and was struck by the elevator's counterweight. He became tangled in the cables and fell when the elevator at the bottom started back up again.[91][92]

Firehawk[edit]

  • On August 7, 2009, a Toledo, Ohio man appeared to have trouble breathing after the train came back into the station. He was taken to Bethesda North Hospital, where he died. He had a pre-existing heart condition and was still recovering from a severe flu and a respiratory infection at the time of his ride.[93]

Flight Commander[edit]

  • On June 9, 1991, a severely intoxicated (BAC 0.30%) 32-year-old Toledo, Ohio woman fell 60 feet (18 m) from the ride and died. An investigation discovered a design flaw in the restraints that allowed limp patrons to slide to the unoccupied seat next to their own.[94][95]

Flight of Fear[edit]

  • On June 2, 2014, smoke from an overheated electrical motor filled the attraction building. Two people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.[96]

Lion Country Safari[edit]

  • On July 24, 1976, a lion mauled a 20-year-old park employee to death. His body was found 15 to 20 feet from his vehicle, which was protected by iron bars, in a section of the park's 1000-acre wildlife preserve where about 50 lions lived. The ranger had a history of violating park rules. Investigators believed the ranger left the vehicle to relieve himself, and was attacked after deliberately urinating on the lions.[97]
  • On May 26, 1982, a lion attacked a 34-year-old park employee who was cleaning in the area. After climbing to a rooftop, he was rescued and taken to Bethesda North Hospital where he was treated for a punctured trachea and other cuts.[98]

Oktoberfest area[edit]

  • On June 9, 1991, a park employee and a guest, trying to help a third man who had fallen into a pond, were electrocuted by an underwater circulation pump. Investigators determined the pump lacked a ground fault circuit interruptor and fined Kings Island $23,500.[99]

Parking Lot[edit]

  • On August 5, 1989, a 39-year-old musician was killed in the employee parking lot after being struck by lightning.[100][101][102]
  • On June 21, 2019, part of the parking lot flooded, waterlogging some cars.

Royal Fountains[edit]

  • In 1986, a 26-year-old man was critically injured after diving into a 2-foot-deep fountain. He was rushed to Bethesda North Hospital and died a week later.[100][103]

Son of Beast[edit]

  • On July 9, 2006, a vertical support timber cracked, leading to two more support beam failures. Together, these caused a slight dip in the track, creating a jarring "pothole effect" that injured 27 riders as they passed over, many in the neck and chest. About 17 injured were released from the hospital within five hours. Others were kept overnight. None of the injuries were life-threatening.[104] The ride reopened on July 4, 2007, with various changes. The loop was removed to allow for lighter trains and a smoother ride, according to park officials.[105][106]
  • On June 16, 2009, a 39-year-old woman reported injuring her head while riding on May 31. A CT scan found she had a damaged blood vessel. She was transferred to Bethesda North Hospital's intensive care unit and released the next day. The ride was closed indefinitely, while a state investigation determined it had no irregularities.[107][108]

The Bat[edit]

  • On July 26, 2003, a 34-year-old woman suffered a heart attack while riding the coaster. She was rushed to Bethesda North Hospital and died the following day. A preliminary autopsy report found that she had an undiagnosed enlarged heart. It was speculated that the enlarged heart, as well as having high blood pressure, contributed to the heart attack.[109][110]

Knott's Berry Farm[edit]

Sky Jump[edit]

  • On October 30, 1983, Donald Day, an 18-year-old man from Anaheim, California fell 200 feet (61 m) to his death after climbing over the rail of the gondola he was riding in during the annual Halloween Haunt event. This was the first death in Knott’s history. Originally reported as an accident, some later reports suggested that it was a suicide motivated by the loss of a girlfriend. A 16-year-old friend who was in the gondola when he fell reported that he had given him the keys to his motorcycle, a locker key (which ended up containing only the motorcycle registration), and money for gas, just before entering the ride.[111]

Bigfoot Rapids[edit]

  • In June 1996, a 36-year-old woman fell from the ride and sustained several injuries, including a fractured rib and bruises. Although she later admitted she had stood up during the ride, she was still awarded $69,000.[112]

Butterfield Stagecoach[edit]

  • On December 30, 2012, the left rear wheel fell off the stagecoach, causing it to tip and fall on its side, on the trail near the Ferris Wheel in Camp Snoopy. Of fourteen passengers, three were hospitalized for minor injuries. Parts of Camp Snoopy and other attractions closed for several hours, while personnel moved the coach out of guests' view.[113][114]

Calico Railroad[edit]

  • On October 20, 1996, an employee was killed after being crushed between two of the ride's cars while trying to separate them.[115][116]
  • On January 27, 2001, an employee was trapped under a locomotive and his legs were seriously injured.[116]

Coast Rider[edit]

  • On June 15, 2014, a 10-year-old boy from St. George, Utah was injured after his left leg and foot became stuck between one of the trains as he tried to get off once it completely stopped at the station. He had to be put in a wheelchair for almost three months after the incident. Two years later on March 2, 2016, his family filed a lawsuit to the park because of his injuries.[117]

Ghost Rider[edit]

  • On August 25, 1999, five people sustained injuries while riding after they were struck by a piece of wood.[116]

Montezooma's Revenge[edit]

  • On September 1, 2001, a 20-year-old woman died of a ruptured cerebral artery a day after her ride. The ride was closed for several days pending an investigation. An autopsy revealed the woman had a pre-existing condition, and state investigators concluded the ride did not contribute to her death. Her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2002,[118] which was dismissed in 2006.[119]

Perilous Plunge[edit]

  • On September 21, 2001, a 40-year-old woman fell out of the boat when it plunged and died of multiple injuries sustained because of the blunt force trauma. California Division of Occupational Safety and Health officials said she somehow came out of the ride's restraint system, falling into a pool at the base of the structure. Her seat belt and lap bar were closed and locked when the boat returned to the station.[120]

Pony Express[edit]

  • On October 7, 2010, the launch system failed to power a train over the first hill, letting it roll back into the station and collide with another, causing minor injuries to ten people. An investigation discovered that paint on the brake fins had impaired the braking system. The investigation also revealed that Knott's had no testing procedure for a failed launch and roll back.[121][122][123]

Timber Mountain Log Ride[edit]

  • In July 2014, a 6-year-old girl was riding the log flume with her father, when she became injured as her face smashed to the back of the seat after the log descended down its final drop. She lost consciousness and had vision problems afterwards. A lawsuit was filed on May 11, 2015.[124]
  • On August 29, 2017, another incident happened on the same ride in which a 6-year-old boy became injured when he fractured his eye socket while riding the log flume in 2016. It was similar to the previous accident when his face smashed against one of the log's seats.[125]

Xcelerator[edit]

  • On September 16, 2009, a launch cable snapped, lacerating a 12-year-old boy's leg and injuring his father's back.[126]

Michigan's Adventure[edit]

Chaos[edit]

  • On July 30, 2001, the upper rotating portion of the ride separated from the stationary portion. This led to a sudden collapse of the passenger ride wheel. The rotation was immediately halted, and several of the passenger cars were severely damaged.[127] Of 33 people on the ride, 31 were sent to local hospitals, most with minor injuries. The other two were removed from their vehicle nine hours after the collapse. An investigation blamed maintenance for allowing bolts to loosen, twist and break, and structural fatigue fractures that were discovered afterward.[128]

Thunderhawk[edit]

  • On May 29, 2017, Thunderhawk's emergency stop shut down the ride for 90 minutes after a lift motor malfunction. One train was in the station while the other left the station.[129]

WildWater Adventure[edit]

  • On July 11, 2014, a chlorine gas spread in the wave pool of the waterpark, leaving more than 50 guests in the area exposed to it. Half of them were taken to Mercy Health Hospital for treatment while the rest were all hospitalized and later recovered.[130]

Zach's Zoomer[edit]

  • On June 30, 2000, a 38-year-old woman fell out of the ride and was critically injured, after turning to photograph her relatives in the cars behind her.[131]

Valleyfair[edit]

Adult Night[edit]

  • On May 25, 2017, numerous fights broke out during Valleyfair's first ever "Adult Night", an event for adults to enjoy rides and craft beer kids free. Fights took place mostly in the parking lot while a small number occurred in the park. There were no fatalities or serious injuries. One known guest was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.[132]

London Terror[edit]

  • On November 21, 2015, a fire was started at a storage building (haunt attraction at London Terror). 25% of the structure was damaged, the cause of fire was unknown. Fabric ceiling needed replacing. No injures reported.[133]

Power Tower[edit]

Soak City[edit]

  • On August 5, 2010, a chlorine leak from the water park sent 26 people to the hospital.[135]

ValleySCARE[edit]

  • On September 22, 2018, police were forced to close the ValleySCARE event early after a large number of fights broke out. At least three people involved were cited for offences. Police from multiple surrounding communities assisted with evacuating the park.[136]

Xtreme Swing[edit]

  • On September 3, 2007, the ride experienced a fire in an electrical junction box. There were no injuries, and the ride reopened several days later after the problem was fixed and the ride successfully tested.[137]

Wild Thing[edit]

  • On May 21, 2006, a mounting bracket in the track's braking system malfunctioned, damaging the rear axle of the fifth car in one of the trains which caused the sixth car to disconnect. It tipped over into an adjacent fence injuring 18 people. Fourteen were sent to nearby St. Francis Medical Center with minor injuries. The ride reopened on June 1, 2006, after passing multiple safety inspections and tests.[138][139][140]

Worlds of Fun[edit]

Barnstormer[edit]

  • On June 30, 1978, during the ride's first season of operation, a malfunction of the 100-foot tall Barnstormer caused the spinning planes carrying riders to descend rapidly, hitting each other on the way down. Some riders were also sprayed with hydraulic fluid. In total, 20 riders suffered minor injuries. Park officials temporarily shut down the ride the next day to make sure that the manufacturer had no signs for other possible accidents.[141]

Extremeroller[edit]

  • On May 18, 1976, an 8-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was struck by a coaster train after accidentally entering a restricted area. A lawsuit was filed a year later and he won $1.39 million in a court settlement against Mid-America Enterprises in response for his injuries.[142]

Oceans of Fun[edit]

  • On June 23, 2016, a 66-year-old man from Kansas City, Missouri was arrested by the police after an incident which happened at the wave pool section of the park. He allegedly exposed himself to two young girls and was also charged with sexual misconduct.[143]
  • On August 24, 2019, a 14-year-old boy from Alton, Kansas nearly drowned in the wave pool. Lifeguards pulled the unresponsive victim out of the water and paramedics regained his pulse once they performed CPR. The boy was taken off life support and later died at a local hospital due to the loss of brain function. His family is planning on donating his organs shortly after his passing.[144]

Orient Express[edit]

  • On June 14, 1987, a train that was pulling into the loading station malfunctioned and slammed into the rear of the other train inside the roller coaster station. A total of 56 passengers were involved in the accident, but only 8 were taken to the hospital for injuries.[145]
  • On July 17, 1999, two cars of a seven-car train derailed due to severe internal metal fatigue in a support post, stranding 18 people. Two were immediately taken to the hospital, and six went later. None of the injuries were life-threatening.[146]

Timber Wolf[edit]

  • On March 31, 1990, two trains collided just short of the station, injuring 35 people.[147] The control system had malfunctioned, and was unable to control two trains at once.[148] The ride reopened with a single train until the control system was fixed to handle two.[148]
  • On June 30, 1995, a 14-year-old girl fell about 25 feet (7.6 m) from the coaster and died. The park owner, Hunt-Midwest, and ride manufacturer, Dinn Corporation, said she was switching seats when the accident occurred, though her family disputed this. The ride was temporarily closed pending an investigation of its safety features, which resulted in new lap bar installations. Hunt-Midwest and Dinn Corporation settled with the family for $200,000.[149]
  • On August 2, 2014, an 11-year-old boy was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital after suffering a concussion and a bloody nose on the ride. As the train was descending down the hill, he hit his head and nose on the restraints.[150]

Other incidents involving guests[edit]

  • On the evening of April 20, 2019, a massive brawl occurred at the park between 300 teenagers outside the Camp Snoopy section.[151]

WindSeeker[edit]

During the 2012 season, all of the WindSeekers except Kings Island's stopped, stranding riders in the air.[152] Two such incidents occurred in September at Knott's Berry Farm, one leaving riders stranded at the top for nearly four hours.[153] The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered the ride shut down indefinitely on September 19, pending investigation of the length of time riders were stranded and the causes of the incidents.[154] On September 21, Cedar Fair announced the closure of all other WindSeekers, until the conclusion of an internal review.[152]

An evacuation system was installed on Knott's Berry Farm's Windseeker. Designed by the ride's manufacturer, Mondial, it includes a metal cage that mechanically ascends the ride's shaft if riders are stranded in the air. An employee should travel in the cage until it rises and completely encloses up to four seats, then remove riders from their seats and take them down. The system will also be installed on all other Windseekers.[155]

  • On June 2, 2012, 29 passengers were stranded on Cedar Point's WindSeeker for several hours when the gondola came to a complete stop approximately 150 feet (46 m). in the air.[156]
  • On July 28, 2013, 65 passengers were stuck on Carowinds' WindSeeker for over an hour, when a safety mechanism halted the ride.[157]
  • On April 11, 2015, 60 passengers were stuck on Carowinds' WindSeeker for approximately 15 minutes and 150 feet (46 m) above ground when a safety mechanism halted the ride.[158]
  • On March 6, 2019, a third-party contractor critically injured one of his hands while inspecting Carowinds' WindSeeker before it opened to the public for the season. He was rushed to nearby Carolinas Medical Center.[159]

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