Vinhedo, Brazil – I don’t normally post stories out of Brazil, but like animal attacks, I am morbidly fascinated by amusement park accidents. This probably stems from the film ROLLERCOASTER and my own experience with a Myrtle Beach roller coaster called The Black Witch that claimed the life of a 13-year-old girl.
The teen, identified as Gabriela Yokuri Michelari, was on the ride ”La Tour Eiffel” with her family when the incident occurred. The ride is a free-fall type ride in which five people are seated side by side, hoisted up a 224-foot tall tower and then dropped 129 feet. After reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour, the riders are slowed down by electromagnetic brakes.
Witnesses say the instant these brakes were activated to stop the fall, the security catch of the girl’s seat opened, causing the girl to fall forward out of the ride, landing face down on the pavement at the base of the tower 80-90 feet below. She would die on the way to the hospital.
The ride has been shut down while police investigate the accident. According to RideAccidents.com, a twelve-year-old boy was killed in 1999 after he fell out of a similar ride at Paramount’s Great America theme park in Santa Clara, California.Tags: Accident, amusement park, Brazil, Crime, death, Gabriela Yokuri Michelari