A 14-year-old boy has died on Friday,25 March after he fell from an amusement park ride in Florida in the US.
According to reports from the US, the teen identified as Tyre Sampson slipped out of his seat before the ride stopped as it approached the bottom.
The Free Fall ride is believed to be taller than the Statue of Liberty, situated along a busy street in the heart of Orlando’s tourist district.
US News reported that a bystander who called 911 indicated that the boy was found facedown, wasn’t responsive and appeared to have broken his arms and legs.
This is how they let tyre Sampson go on that ride.
This is completely the amusement park and the staffs fault and I’ll be surprised if there still open after this tragedy.#RIPTyreSampson pic.twitter.com/ztnWArk7hw
— jack (@jackwyattss) March 26, 2022
According to Orange County Sheriff John Mina, detectives investigating the death will look into whether it was intentional or accidental. Further reports emerged that Sampson was visiting central Florida from Missouri with a friend’s family.
Meanwhile, Ritchie Armstrong, CEO of the Slingshot Group said: “We are heartbroken by the loss of Tyre Sampson and absolutely devastated for his family and loved ones. We have suspended the operations of the Free Fall ride and the Slingshot ride at Icon Park. We are fully cooperating with the authorities at the state and local levels who are investigating this tragic incident. We plan on providing additional information in the coming days, as we learn more.”
Picture: @SharonCarbine/ Twitter