Deepest sympathies to the family and friends affected by this latest tragic turn of events. Batman the Dark Knight indeed.
Rides and parks are more dangerous than you think. I had a friend in middle school who was killed on a coaster. The ride operator did a false stop in the station, my pal stood up, the ride operator restarted the ride to pull all the cars into the station and my pal hit her head, HARD and eventually died.Â She was not decapitated or doing anything remotely wrong. The homecoming Queen at my high school was decapitated but in a separate incident involving formal wear.
For more information on ride accidents I can’t recommend this site, rideaccidents.com enough. I don’t send you to this link out of alarm, but for information, some rides are more dangerous, some actionsÂ more dangerous. Aw hell, who am I kidding, the video clip of the flaming Enterprise was stunning.
Actual sign in front of the ride.
Ride shut down while fatal accident investigated
Officials are examining fence, signs around Batman The Ride
www.ajc.comÂ |Â By YOLANDA RODRIGUEZÂ |Â Published on: 06/29/08
State investigators kept Batman The Ride at Six Flags Over Georgia closed Monday as they went over the site where a teenager died Saturday.
Cobb police were wrapping up their own investigation into the accident.
The state Labor Department was looking at the ride, the fence and the signs around the ride, said Charlie Schroder, the legislative liaison for the Labor Commissioner Michael L. Thurmond
“At present, the ride has been taken out of service pending the completion of the findings of our preliminary investigation into the incident,” Schroder said. “When we are satisfied the ride can be operated safely, it will return to operation. …We are moving as expeditiously as possible,” Schroder said.
After spending Saturday morning at the park, Asia Leeshawn Ferguson, 17, and David Jenkins, 19, his cousin, took a break in the parking lot.
Instead of re-entering the park through the main gate, they scaled two fences “an iron perimeter fence and a chain link one that surrounds the roller coaster” to get to their next amusement destination: Batman The Ride.
The result was tragic.
Ferguson was decapitated, said Michael Cosper, operations manager for the Cobb County Medical Examiner. His death was ruled accidental, Cosper said on Monday. Toxicological exams were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and would not be available for several weeks.
A police report said Ferguson’s body was found underneath the ride.
The two fences the teens scaled were marked with signs that said the area was restricted to authorized personnel and was a “danger zone,” park officials said.
Park officials had said early Monday that the ride would be opened. But said later that the ride remained close.
Sgt. Dana Piece, a Cobb police spokesman, said police were wrapping up their investigation Monday.
Jenkins told police investigators that rather then re-entering through the main gate, the two decided to scale the fences, which lead directly to the ride.
Ferguson was traveling with his parents and other members of the Oakley Spring Baptist Church, which was visiting the park from Columbia, S.C.
His mother, Letha Ferguson, said Monday funeral arrangements had not been made.