Toddler Dies in Roller Coaster Fall

Twin boy, 3, apparently slipped out from under safety bar
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 4, 2011 2:02 AM CDT
The Python Pit child-sized roller coaster in Chicago, where the accident occurred.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – A 3-year-old boy apparently managed to slip out from under a safety bar on a roller coaster and plunged to his death at a Chicago amusement park. Jayson Dansby was riding with his twin brother when he wriggled from his seat on the child-sized Python Pit roller coaster, stood up, struck his head and fell several feet, suffering severe head injuries, police said. His parents, watching from the sidelines, were "inconsolable," said investigators.

Jayson was declared dead at the scene. "It's a very sad tragedy. My heart goes out to the family," the manager of the Go Bananas amusement park told the Chicago Sun Times. The park has been closed as the investigation continues. It's the first death or major injury at Go Bananas, and local police were unaware of any safety violations, reports the Daily Mail.

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