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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.
  • Batman Kills

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    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.
  • Death On A Disney Ride

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    September 5, 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's chest and head.

  • Swing Of Death

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

  • A Ferris Wheel Mystery

    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.