Wisconsin Dells Ride Removed After Malfunction
The Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park in the Wisconsin Dells has decided to remove a ride after a malfunction was caught on video.
About the Amusement Park Scare
According to KARE-11, Carrie Sueker and Trevor Larson, 13, decided to ride the Catapult while visiting the Wisconsin Dells from Minnesota. The two were part of a group headed to Eau Claire, Wisconsin for a basketball tournament.
The Catapult features two large bungee cords and a seating cage. The bungee cords are designed to hoist the seating cage up into the air and then bring it back down to the ground.
However, Sueker and Larson never even left the ground due to a ride malfunction. One of the large bungee cords snapped, striking the ground right next to Larson.
Luckily, no one was injured. However, Mt. Olympus officials have announced that they are planning to remove the Catapult from the park.
National Amusement Ride-Related Injury and Death Statistics
The following information has been provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- In 2000, about 10, 580 people were admitted to the emergency room for injuries sustained while using amusement park rides.
- For every one million park visitors, about 20 experienced injury.
- From 1987 to 1999, an average of 4.5 people died each year.
- Most injuries happened to children ages 10 to 14.
- 1,918 people were injured on inflatable amusement park rides in 2000.