Child Falls From Roller Coaster

The young boy was flown to a local hospital with unknown injuries
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2016 3:26 PM CDT
Child Falls From Roller Coaster
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(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 Rollo Coaster with his brother when he fell. It's unclear how far the boy fell, though a spokesperson for the amusement park says the fall happened in the "middle part" of the ride, WTAE reports.

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The boy was flown to a local children's hospital. "He was talking, he was alert with his family," NBC quotes the spokesperson as saying. The Rollo Coaster has been shut down while the boy's fall is investigated. Riders as short as 3 feet are allowed on the roller coaster as long as they have an adult with them. The Idlewild spokesperson says the park's rides are inspected every day. (Read more roller coasters stories.)

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