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Ride a Roller Coaster, Pass Some Kidney Stones

Though so far just one ride at Disney World seems to do the trick

(Newser) - Got a kidney stone? Consider a trip to Disney. That's the takeaway from new research out of Michigan State University that found taking a spin on a "medium-intensity" coaster may aid in the passing of the pesky mineral masses, with minimal discomfort, the Los Angeles Times reports. The... More »

Child Falls From Roller Coaster

The young boy was flown to a local hospital with unknown injuries

(Newser) - A young boy was hospitalized with unknown injuries after falling off an 80-year-old wooden roller coaster Thursday at Pennsylvania's Idlewild & Soak Zone, NBC News reports. The boy hasn't been identified, but he may have been around 3 years old. According to KDKA , the boy was riding the... More »

Lawmaker's Son Dies on World's Tallest Waterslide

Kansas waterpark shuts down after death of boy, 10

(Newser) - The world's tallest waterslide has been shut down indefinitely while authorities investigate the tragic death of a lawmaker's son. Caleb Thomas Schwab, 10, died Sunday afternoon on the "Verruckt" waterslide at the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. The boy, son of state Rep. Scott Schwab, was... More »

Roller Coaster Car Full of Kids Goes Flying

Crowd at M&D’s theme park tries to help

(Newser) - People watched in horror Sunday as a roller coaster car flew off the rails and plummeted 30 feet to the ground at a Scottish theme park, injuring two adults and up to nine children. Eyewitnesses say the car from the Tsunami roller coaster landed upside-down on another ride at M&... More »

Dad Saves Son on Malfunctioning Roller Coaster in Dramatic Video

Scary moment was recorded

(Newser) - A dad's heartstopping moment was caught on video last week: Delbert Latham was filming himself and his son, Kaysen, riding a roller coaster at the Wonderland amusement park in Zita, Texas, when the seatbelt malfunctioned and the little boy started to slip to the floor of their ride car.... More »

Bird Halts Roller Coaster, Strands Riders Upside Down

Not cool, bird

(Newser) - Roller-coaster riders at one of Beijing's major amusement parks were left hanging upside down for almost 20 minutes when a bird stood on one of the ride's safety sensors. The Happy Valley Amusement Park said it took 18 minutes to bring the 26 riders to safety via a... More »

Woman Dies After Riding Disney's Space Mountain

July death was just made public this week

(Newser) - Records show that a woman died after riding Walt Disney World's Space Mountain this past summer. Pamela Lynn Haynes' death was included in a quarterly report theme parks are required to submit to the state. The report was made public this week. The Orlando Sentinel reports that 55-year-old Pamela... More »

New Roller Coaster to Break 10 World Records

Brace yourself for the Valravn Birdseye

(Newser) - Thrillseekers should pencil this one onto their 2016 calendar: The Valravn Birdseye is slated to open in May at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, and those who survive the 3,415-foot roller coaster will be able to brag that they've experienced a ride that quashed 10 world... More »

Man Looking for Phone Killed by Roller Coaster

He jumped a fence at Cedar Point

(Newser) - An Ohio man who lost his cellphone on a roller coaster ended up losing his life as well after going back to look for it. Police say 45-year-old James A. Young was killed by the same roller coaster he had just ridden at the Cedar Point amusement park when he... More »

Girl Collapses, Dies After Riding Six Flags Coaster

Girl lost consciousness after riding the Revolution

(Newser) - A 10-year-old California girl died on Saturday, a day after losing consciousness while at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Jasmine Martinez rode the Revolution roller coaster, exited the ride, and then collapsed near the ride station Friday afternoon. She was airlifted out of the park and ultimately brought to Cedars-Sinai Medical... More »

Badly Injured Roller-Coaster Riders Stuck for Hours

This isn't the first incident for the 'Smiler'

(Newser) - The "Smiler" at the UK's Alton Towers theme park is billed as the world's first 14-loop roller coaster—but after a horrific accident yesterday, it isn't clear whether anybody will experience them again. Some 16 riders, four of whom suffered what the Guardian calls "life... More »

Roller Coaster Triggers Stroke in 4-Year-Old

He's the youngest known person to suffer a stroke from a roller-coaster ride

(Newser) - A 4-year-old boy went on a couple of roller-coaster rides during a family vacation over the summer and left the amusement park with a torn carotid artery. Doctors report in the journal Pediatric Neurology that the jerkiness and gravitational forces of the ride appear to be the culprit, and that... More »

24 Rescued From Stuck Maryland Roller Coaster

No serious injuries when Joker's Jinx malfunctions at Six Flags

(Newser) - It took five hours to rescue 24 people stranded on a roller coaster in Maryland yesterday. Prince George's County fire officials said 17 adults and seven children were stuck at the top of the Joker's Jinx roller coaster at Six Flags America in Maryland. An assistant fire chief... More »

Roller Coaster Stops Dead Near Peak

Passengers at Six Flags forced to walk back down

(Newser) - Roller-coaster riders in New Jersey were left stranded Friday when their ride climbed more than 200 feet and stopped dead in its tracks, Pix 11 reports. Park personnel at Six Flags amusement park in Jackson reached the passengers via access stairs, released them, and walked them back down. Nobody riding... More »

Dozens Dangle for Hours on Six Flags Ride

Fallen tree derails Magic Mountain's Ninja

(Newser) - Around two dozen riders got more terror than they bargained for yesterday when the Ninja ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain hit a fallen tree branch, derailing the first car and leaving them suspended about 40 feet from the ground. The Los Angeles County fire department says the riders were... More »

12 Rescued From Top of Universal Roller Coaster

167-foot Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit stuck for hours

(Newser) - A Universal Orlando roller coaster called the city's tallest got stuck last night, leaving 12 people high and dry for several hours before authorities rescued them. Firefighters were contacted at about 7pm; two hours later, they began using ropes and harnesses to reach those at the top of the... More »

Fatal Six Flags Coaster Saw 14 Injuries in 5 Years

Rosa Ayala-Goana died of 'multiple traumatic injuries': coroner

(Newser) - Injury, it seems, is nothing new on and around the Six Flags roller coaster where a woman died last week . Between April 2008 and April 2013, the park reported 14 injuries tied to the Texas Giant, though three occurred before or after patrons rode it, the AP reports. The gravest... More »

Cops Won't Run Coaster Death Investigation

Six Flags running own investigation

(Newser) - Don't expect an independent probe into the death of a woman on Six Flags' Texas Giant roller coaster : The amusement park is conducting its own investigation, the Dallas Morning News reports. Since the death is seen as accidental, police and fire authorities aren't likely to dig deep on... More »

Family Identifies Victim in Coaster Fatality

Rosy Esparza reportedly killed; Six Flags remains mum on cause

(Newser) - Not much more is known yet about yesterday's roller coaster fatality at Six Flags Over Texas, but the family of Rosy Esparza has identified her as the victim, reports WFAA . As details trickle out about her and the accident, Six Flags itself is staying mum. "It would be... More »

Woman Dies on Six Flags Roller Coaster

Park confirms death, but details still scarce

(Newser) - Tragedy in Texas last night: A rep for Six Flags Over Texas has confirmed that an adult woman died while riding a 14-story-high roller coaster. WFAA has a statement from the park on the incident, which happened around 6:30pm local time: "We are deeply saddened to share that... More »

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