Child Severely Injured After Falling from Kissimmee Roller Coaster
Within recent weeks, an alarming number of roller coasters and other amusement park rides from across the country have suffered major mechanical malfunctions, typically causing minor inconveniences for riders. The scenario was considerably different in Kissimmee last Thursday when a 6-year-old child was severely injured after falling from the Galaxy Spin ride at Fun Spot America.
Although the exact cause of the theme park accident is still under investigation, preliminary details from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services indicate that it was close to 3:30 p.m. on August 3, 2023, when Osceola County Fire Rescue teams were first notified of a child suffering from traumatic injuries after falling from the Galaxy Spin roller coaster at Fun Spot America in Kissimmee.
Upon their arrival, they discovered the 6-year-old boy lying on the ground below the roller coaster’s tracks after falling approximately 20 ft. from the attraction. Osceola County emergency medical teams transported the severely-injured victim to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children with traumatic life-threatening injuries. His current condition is unknown at this time.
“All our guests can rest assured knowing that Fun Spot America will not reopen the ride until we are 100% sure this will not happen again. The Galaxy Spin Roller Coaster remains closed pending the investigation,” according to a statement released by the small theme park. “They’re going to be looking for witness statements, they’re going to be looking for the maintenance records, they’re going to be looking for the most recent inspection records,” said ride safety expert Ken Martin.
An online article about the Galaxy Spin describes the roller coaster as having heavy G-force turns & twists with rotating “wild-mouse-style” cars that spin along the coaster’s tracks, which are 43 ft. tall at their highest point. It can also reach a maximum speed of 29 miles per hour.
As one of the leading destinations in the world for amusement parks, thousands of out-of-town tourists and local residents flock to the state of Florida each year. And while most vacations usually proceed without a hitch, there are several instances where an individual has sustained severe injuries while riding a popular attraction, sadly.
Since 1977, Florida amusement park accident attorney James O. Cunningham has compassionately represented victims of theme park injuries. For additional information, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY.
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.