Three children were hospitalized after an electrical malfunction on a popular Maryland roller coaster on Thursday, July 22, according to an article on ABC2News.com.
The Tidal Wave Roller Coaster, the most popular ride at Trimper’s Rides in Ocean City, malfunctioned around 10 p.m. The coaster made a loud popping sound and sent debris flying, which struck three children waiting in line for the ride. The children suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital.
Trimper’s, which has been in business for 120 years, had a good safety record prior to the accident. Trimper’s has hired engineers from Holland to examine the coaster. The Tidal Wave is closed and is expected to remain closed for several weeks. Trimper’s remains open.
Every year, thousands of Americans are injured by amusement park rides. These injuries range from very minor to very serious injuries or death. Statistics show that the majority of these injuries are to those under age 18. The most common types of injuries caused by amusement park rides are scrapes, body pain from the motion of the ride, and strikes to the body.
While you and your family are visiting amusement parks this summer, be alert. Check out the safety record of the park you are planning on attending in advance. Don’t force your children to ride any rides with which they feel uncomfortable. Watch the ride once or twice before boarding to make sure it is the type of ride you and your children would enjoy.
Have you or someone you know been injured in a Maryland roller coaster accident? If so, call Steven H. Heisler, “The Injury Lawyer”, today at 877-228-4878. As a skilled Maryland amusement park accident attorney, Mr. Heisler is experienced in various types of accidents and will work hard to earn you the compensation you deserve.