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The Worst Amusement Park Ride Accidents

Updated September 16, 2019 3.7m views26 items

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.
  • 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

  • A Ride Severs A Girl's Feet

    Video: YouTube

    A young girl went to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom and took a ride on the Superman Tower of Pride with some friends. Before the ride got to the top, they heard a cable snap, looked up, and saw 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. Her right foot was able to be reattached; however, her left leg had to be amputated. 

    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.

  • Retro Coaster Crash

    Video: YouTube

    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, but please do so with caution.

  • Young Boy Dangles From A Ferris Wheel

    Video: YouTube

    Not only did this kid jump a six-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.