IN-DEPTH: Boy who died after falling from ride was visiting Orlando for spring breakMar 27, 2022
this is the eyewitness news on channel 9 at six o'clock coverage you can count on right now at six an attraction gone wrong nothing in the world to replace that young man the cries of pain from the father of the 14 year old boy who fell and
ridelast night and lingering questions about how the
ridehappened at icon park remains closed as investigators try to figure out how this all happened goodnight i'm vanessa eckles and i'm martha sagalski this is just a horrible story that ride it officially opened just a few months ago this is a video of today's scene you can see the inspectors assessing the seat which is believed to be the seat that that 14 year old was in also tonight we have team coverage on live on this tragedy channel 9 investigative reporter christopher heath investigates how often this ride is inspected and analyzes inspection reports ion but we start tonight with channel 9 butler shannon who has been working all day to figure out how this happened shannon the orange county sheriff says this appears to be just a tragic accident well he didn't knows. he said he went up to the top went back down he got to that stop like he always does that's when they say the 14 year old got under one of those blue harnesses and fell to the ground the dispatchers tried to get people to give him CPR but those 911 callers said it was too late gary winthrop was at icon park last night watching the free fall game the game goes up and it seems to go up we're watching it the next thing you know it starts to go down like, oh, and they're all screaming you know normal you know kind of ride never thought I'd see what happened next it goes down you know I guess it stopped with the brakes you know because you know it comes a little bit closer and then it slides back the right. out fourteen- old tyree sampson was on the ride around 11 o'clock last night when he fell to his death people called 9-1-1 trying to help him the thing fell over and as they got near the bottom when it hit the brakes the guy fell out of the seat and slammed into the chair the sheriff's office said he was here from Missouri with another family on vacation today investigators were measuring the seat he was riding in as they worked to try to figure out what went wrong today the The sheriff's office says early findings show this was just a tragic accident, but it's still unclear how and why Sampson was thrown from the ride.
The sheriff said workers who were interviewed didn't see anything wrong before the ride went up and you can hear workers after the fall saying those checks were done right now you can see this ride is closed while investigators continue to still trying to figure out what went wrong here its not clear when this ride will reopen as to th family they say he was here on
breakhe is a fierce football player they said and a good student they are devastated by what happened here we are live in orlando shannon butler channel 9 eyewitness news and news this hour we are hearing from that broken heart the father of the murdered 14-year-old boy says that when he heard what happened it took his breath away sorry he won't get it back no there's no money or anything in the world to replace the young man and uh it's just me just saying he said a bright future was taken away from a young man and taken for a ride or a news report the father says the pain he feels never going to disappear the company behind orlando's free fall at icon park says it's the world's tallest freestanding drop tower at 430 feet tall it can hold 30 riders at a time when it ll emanate to the top of the tower Riders lean 30 degrees to the ground then free fall nearly 400 feet reaching speeds of 75 miles per hour now here watch this this is a video of the day the ride opened this was at In late December, you can see employees going around each passenger and pulling on the harness to make sure the passengers were locked in before they were put on air rides like this are subject to inspection by the state department of agriculture , they must have a certificate of insurance and an annual affidavit of compliance and testing by a professional engineer or qualified inspector and that ride would have been inspected before it opened in December but since it has only been open for a few months , not yet to be re-inspected channel 9 investigative reporter christopher heath obtained us patents and internationals for the ride and continue our team's coverage with more details about the attraction. what we are looking for is information on seats in the united states there are three of these big 400 foot drop towers two built by a company out of lie chtenstein both have a belt that connects the shoulder support to the seat but the one for Orlando was built by an Austrian company and has no such belt, the ride that claimed the life of a teenager in Orlando had only been in operation for a few months. it was due to be inspected by the state before it opened today teams were inspecting the game again testing the seats you can see here men walking from chair to chair checking shoulder restraints state law requires daily inspections spokesman john stein says the company the florida department of agriculture was doing their inspections we do a daily inspection on our attractions before opening in documents given to eyewitnesses news from the florida department of agriculture you can see here the attraction was inspected on monday 20 december that's less than four months ago it happened with the state inspection specialist mark gonzalez who signed the ride as for the ride itself the manufacturer is a company called f.
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Until now, the Austrian company has a number of US and international patents for the ride. Most of the ones we found relate to the tower with only a mention of seats or harnesses, but it doesn't specify how the harness failed or was never properly secured in the first one. The location, which will be determined by a series of inspections at various levels of government, is ongoing and we are working with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, as well as other agencies that have not yet committed but will. christopher heath channel 9 eyewitness news The tragic death of this young man has drawn attention from far and wide and the attractions that have been closed at Icon Park have people talking too. but everyone he has spoken to has been affected in some way.
There has been a constant stream of people here at Icon Park looking up at the sky trying to imagine their friends or f the family members or the children even riding this ride in the place of that teenager there has even been a memorial that started here with people laying flowers at the base of the promenade in honor of the teenager who
diedthis is the time of day when people start to head out to eat and play in this district some of the tourists told me that not everyone knows exactly what what happened though we've gotten a lot of questions just standing here the news spread pretty fast last night people say there's been unrest all the way down Everyone silently tells themselves it could have been me.
I can't imagine that kind of thing happening right in front of me. You know it's like a normal night. A normal
breaknight. I have a girl and she is 11 years old. but i don't think she'll get on these anymore, this is the second travel fatality in the usa since this fall, a six year old girl died in colorado in september after she was not restrained properly. ed within the attraction, however, amusement park rides have been increasingly rare since the turn of the century, dwindling quite a bit in number compared to the number of people who ride these rides.
We're going to take an in-
depthlook at that tonight on wftv tonight at 11. live in orange county nick papintonis channel 9 eyewitness news we're going to keep looking into what happened last night at icon park we'll have news on air and on line at wftv.com
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