A boy is in a critical condition after falling from a roller coaster at a theme park.He has been named as Declan McClain and was reportedly on the ride – which did not require seatbelts – with his brother, 7, when he fell according to a spokesman for Idlewild and SoakZone amusement park in Pennsylvania in the US.
According to TribLIVE the boy hit his head after he fell about 10 feet as the middle car rounded a turn. He reportedly fell onto the tracks, but witnesses said he was “alert and conscious” when he was rushed to the nearby Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh in a helicopter.
The theme park’s spokesperson Jeff Croushore could not confirm whether the wooden roller coaster had malfunctioned. It is now closed until an investigation has taken place. The ride opened 1938 and takes riders up, down and around a wooded hillside.
However some have questioned why such a young child was allowed to ride it. Mum Kelly Howard, who took her sons, 3 and 5, on the ride earlier in the day, told wpxi.com: “I had to literally hold him down. There was no belt to hold him in. He even asked why there wasn’t a belt.”