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Women dies on Playland Park attraction

'Mind Scrambler' claims its second victim

June 30, 2007 - rbcoasterfreak

Playland Park, Rye New York, USA -
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Bad Reputation: Playland Park’s [/i]Mind Scrambler was the site of another death in 2004.
The string of summer accidents in the amusement park world continues as a spinning attraction in New York claims another life.

The attraction, named Mind Scrambler, left a 20-year-old woman dead shortly after boarding. A scrambler-type ride features groups of cars that extend from the arms of a central pole. The pole spins the entire ride in one direction while the groups of cars spin in another. This specific scrambler is enclosed in a tent-like dome and themed with strobe lights, meaning that riders with a number of pre-existing conditions are at risk.
Previous Playland Deaths:- (2006)-A 43-year-old woman drowns after wading in a 40-foot-deep lake within the amusement park.- (2005)-A seven-year-old boy is killed when he becomes stuck after falling out of the Ye Old Mill water attraction.- (2004)-A seven-year-old girl slips out of her restraints on the Mind Scrambler.- (1988)- An eight-year-old girl chokes to death on her gum while riding the Dragon Coaster.- (1920s)- A 19-year-old man is flung off of a ride named the Whip.


The cause of the incident is still under investigation, although it is thought to be from an illness the woman may have previously suffered with. For the time being, the area surrounding the ride is shut down until the cause of death is uncovered.

This is not, however, the first time there has been an incident involving this ride. Back in 2004, a seven-year-old girl apparently slid out of her restraints and fell out of the ride. This death caused park officials to add new safety belts to the ride.

The past few weeks have seen their share of accidents in the amusement park industry. A few examples of these incidents include a grisly malfunction that claimed a 13-year-old girl's feet on the Superman: Tower of Power ride in Kentucky. Another tragedy occurred when a 14-year-old girl was found dead on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disneyland Paris.

Playland Park is a National Historic Landmark and the only United States amusement park owned and operated by a county government.

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