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Worker Killed in Orlando Amusement Park Accident

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on June 9, 2011

An accident at the I-Drive attraction at the Magical Midway Thrill Park claimed the life of a worker recently after he fell while working on the ride. The accident investigation is ongoing, but early reports state that the accident occurred around 2 p.m. while he was working on the I-Drive at the Orlando-area amusement park at 7001 International Drive. The 30-year-old victim was at around 90 feet in the air and wearing a safety harness while working on the ride when he fell, according to Battalion Chief Mark Smothers with Orange County Fire Rescue. Smothers did not know why the man fell, but he said that the man fell around six feet before being caught by the safety harness he was wearing at the time of the accident.

Emergency response personnel arrived at the accident scene within four minutes of the accident and began what Smothers called a “high-angle rescue.” Sadly, paramedics were unable to save the victim, and he died at the accident scene from undisclosed injuries. Smothers said the ride was not in operation when the accident occurred, and officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office shut down Magical Midway Thrill Park after the accident. Smothers said he expected the park to remain closed as long as the investigation was ongoing.

The many amusement parks in the Orlando area draw millions of visitors each year. The amusement park business is very competitive, and every year, most of the parks in the area introduce new rides that go faster and higher, offer steeper drops, offer more turns and provide greater thrills. Unfortunately, these thrills sometimes come at a very steep price, and some riders and workers are severely injured and sometimes killed.

If you or a close family member has been injured in an amusement park accident and you want to speak with an experienced Orlando personal injury lawyer to get answers to your questions about your rights and legal options, call James O. Cunningham today at 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000. Mr. Cunningham has a long and proven record of success helping injured riders and workers in amusement park accidents and works hard to ensure the best possible outcome for each client’s case. Call today to schedule your free consultation and get an experienced and aggressive Orlando personal injury attorney on your side!

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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