The 12 Most Horrible Amusement Park Accidents Anything
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The 12 Most Horrible Amusement Park Accidents

A day at amusement parks like Disneyland and Six Flags is usually a mix of endless waiting in line and a few short minutes of pleasure - but sometimes the ultimate nightmare of riders comes true and rides break, causing horrible accidents. What are the worst amusement park accidents? Many people fear the incidents that are on this list. Roller coaster cars flying off the tracks, harnesses not working properly, and cables coming loose.

Most amusement park rides get your adrenaline pumping but are completely safe. Occasionally though, there is an all out disaster where the machinery goes crazy and someone loses a limb or dies. Whether due to malfunctioning or park-goer error, these amusement park disasters have certainly scarred these people for life.

The most horrible amusement park accidents, tragedies, and fatalities that have ever happened appear on this list, leaving us to wonder why so many onlookers took out their camera phones instead of helping.

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    Death by Raptor

    Reason number one why you should always respect those "Restricted Area" signs at an amusement park: Cedar Point park goer James Young, 45, died when he sneaked past a fenced off area near the Raptor roller coaster at the Ohio theme park. He was hit by a speeding car on the ride while trying to retrieve his cell phone. Perhaps the second worst death-by-raptor imaginable.

    Source: Fox8

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    Kentucky Engineering


    A young girl went to Six Flags Kentucky and took a ride on the Superman drop with some friends. Before the ride got to the top, they heard a cable snap, looked up, and saw the cables coming from all parts of the ride, whipping around and injuring their faces. This was only 20 feet off the ground. As the ride started to take them higher, they started seeing black smoke and smelling burned rubber. The girls all yelled "stop the ride!" repeatedly, cables all over them, even around their necks. When the girls landed on the ground, one of them smelled burning flesh. It was her severed feet. One of the girls ended up losing both feet and half a leg to this accident.

    Skip to 00:50 for the news report and the girl describing exactly what she saw and what happened as the accident went down, which is much more disturbing than any live video footage could be.

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    Retro Coaster Crash


    Let’s go back in time to a simpler era where music was analog, clothes were s**tty, and an indoor Canadian roller coaster went flying off the tracks and killed three people. The exact thing everyone is scared will happen on roller coasters happened in this story: the final car flew of its hinges and was dragged, careening all over the tracks before anyone (finally) pulled the emergency brake.

    Skip to 1:49 to see the injuries of the one guy in the car who survived, only to be crippled by memories.

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    In Soviet Russia Ferris Wheel Rides You


    Not only did this kid jump a 6 foot fence to an abandoned ferris wheel, he also managed to easily turn it on and get a ride. Halfway through his hijacking he decided he didn’t like the chair he picked, so he switched, very unsuccessfully.

    As he dangled 45 feet above the pavement, a crowd gathered. Skip to 0:44 for footage of the dangling child and a description from the people who were there, and ended up picking up a camera phone when they could have easily been helping the poor boy NOT plummet to his death.

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    Batman Kills


    A tragic accident occurred in a Georgia Six Flags when a boy jumped two fences clearly marked "Do Not Enter" to retrieve a hat he lost on a ride, but ended up losing his entire head in the process. The bottom part of the ride decapitated him as he was standing up.

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    Death at Disney


    September 5th, 2003. The happiest place on Earth turned into a horrible nightmare for a 22 year-old male named Marcello Torres. About a third of the way through the ride, it made a sharp right turn, and part of the train came off the hinges. This forced part of the locomotive-shaped ride to wedge into the tracks, stopping the train completely, and darting like a giant spear through Marcello Torres' chest and head.

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    Swing o' Death


    At a Chinese theme park, a high-flying swing ride came off its hinges, seriously injuring the many people who were riding it.

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    Ferris Wheel

    On Friday 3 June 2011, an 11 year old girl, Abiah Jones fell to her death from a Ferris Wheel at Mariner's Landing Pier. The cause of the young girl's death is unknown; it is the only accident recorded on that ride and there have been no other guest fatalities since that date.  

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    Cable Snap


    There may not be any audio in this clip, but here’s the play by play. As the ride gets going, the cable that pulls the ride snaps, and the whole line of cars slams back at the starting position, causing whiplash and, ostensibly, a lot of people who will never visit an amusement park ever again.

    Two riders were injured in the accident.

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    Saved by Fat


    This is one of the rare times where being fat was actually an asset to someone's life, as a thinner person would have dropped right through the wonky harness on this ride. On the other hand, it could have been his size that kept the harness from working correctly on him.

    Fortunately, no one was hurt in this incident.

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    Carnival Fail


    This is one that is just funny. Two kids spin their duck so fast that it comes off completely and comes to an undramatic stop after going over the edge of the ride.

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    One of the Tallest Wooden Coasters in the US Catches Fire

    The ride may have been closed for retrofitting, but the sight of a roller coaster's peak on fire is something that would scare the tar out of even the most hardcore thrill junkies. The fire occurred on September 8, 2014 while the ride was being turned into a hybrid coaster meant to be the biggest of its kind.


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