Woman Killed on Gyrating Playland Ride

Feb 20, 2006
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Woman Killed on Gyrating Playland Ride
June 30, 2007 5:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK - A gyrating ride at a historic amusement park is under renewed scrutiny after a young woman died in the second fatal accident in less than four years.

The woman was killed Friday night in an accident involving the Mind Scrambler ride at Playland Amusement Park in Rye, N.Y., just north of New York City, said Westchester County Police spokesman Kieran O'Leary.

Emergency workers responded quickly, "but there wasn't very much anybody could do for her," O'Leary said. The woman, who was in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene around 9:30 p.m., he said.

Police were investigating early Saturday and released few details about the accident. The woman's name was not released because her family had not been notified, O'Leary said.

The indoor attraction spins riders around in a darkened tent with flashing lights. It was the scene of another deadly accident on May 22, 2004. Stephanie Dieudonne, 7, wriggled free of the restraining bar on one of the cars, knelt on the seat and fell soon after the ride started, according to investigators.

The amusement park was not cited for any violations or required to make improvements to the ride after the girl's death, but officials announced plans to add seat belts, more lighting and a second attendant at the Mind Scrambler.

Friday's accident marked the fourth fatality within as many years at the county-owned Playland, a National Historic Landmark that opened in 1928.

After the Mind Scrambler accident in 2004, a 7-year-old boy was killed the next year when he climbed out of his boat ride and fell, according to investigators. A 43-year-old man drowned after wading into a lake at the park on July 4, 2006.

The park's director and a spokesman for the county Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation, which oversees Playland, did not immediately return telephone messages left at their offices late Friday.

The Mind Scrambler and a nearby section of the amusement park were closed after the accident Friday, but other areas remained open, O'Leary said.

Playland is on Long Island Sound, about 20 miles north of the George Washington Bridge between New York City and Fort Lee, N.J. Featuring more than 50 rides, a pool and a beach, it draws more than 1 million visitors a year.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.
 

LiddyRules

I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy
Jun 1, 2005
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Maximum Overdrive time?
 

d0uche_n0zzle

**Negative_Creep**
Sep 15, 2004
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Not the first time, and it won't be the last. So it goes.
 

JerseyMeatHook

"O and A all the way, thats what I say"
Jun 8, 2005
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For anyone who's been to Playland in recent years, I think we know that person was probably getting "uppity".
 

LiddyRules

I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy
Jun 1, 2005
644
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jackjack

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May 12, 2007
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NEW YORK - A gyrating ride at a historic amusement park is under renewed scrutiny after a young woman died in the second fatal accident in less than four years.

Stephanie Dieudonne, 7, wriggled free of the restraining bar


Friday's accident marked the fourth fatality within as many years at the county-owned Playland, a National Historic Landmark that opened in 1928.

7-year-old boy was killed the next year when he climbed out of his boat ride

43-year-old man drowned after wading into a lake at the park on July 4, 2006.

it draws more than 1 million visitors a year.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.
Four out of four million, and these three were caused by lack of personal responsibility, as opposed to the ankle-cable thing that couldn't be prevented by the victim..

Considering how stupid people are, I think one in a million dead at the park is better odds than they would have anywhere else they happened to be.
 

Creampier

I have to return some videotapes!
May 11, 2007
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For anyone who's been to Playland in recent years, I think we know that person was probably getting "uppity".
It's funny you mention that... I haven't been to Playland in years, but I was out to Dorney Park in Allentown a couple weekends ago and I couldn't believe how many shwoogs were there!
 

THE FEZ MAN

as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
Aug 23, 2002
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hershy park my good man, lilly white as far as the eye can see.

and fuckem almost every one (almost) hurt or killed at an amusement park is asking for it in some way, hose em off and keep on running, a little chlorine in the gene pool is good
 

abudabit

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Oct 10, 2004
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Every once in a while in our overly protective society you still see a case of natural selection.

Note to self: don't wriggle out of harness...
 

Legend of Snuka

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Mar 29, 2005
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For anyone who's been to Playland in recent years, I think we know that person was probably getting "uppity".
that place is covered...At first I thought it was a new safari ride. You need a translator,shot gun and some stuff to barter with just to make it to the Dragon Coaster
 

weakside

He was stupid. I was lucky. I will visit him soon.
Dec 9, 2004
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The vast majority of the time an injury occurs because the person either had a pre-existing medical condition or was doing something they were not supposed to be.

However, having said that if it isn't Disneyland I'm probably not riding it. Hell, even Disney has had their share of decapitations and the sort.
 
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Quexul

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There's a reason why they give out the Darwin Awards every year. The vast majority of these incidents happen because people ignore the rules and/or safety features of the rides.

Okay, folks, let's try it again. Fast-moving metal is dangerous. Sit down, strap in and don't fool around. Adrenaline is fun; blunt impact trauma is not. {ProfJonathan, aka Quexul}
 

Jim Beam

whiskey bent & hell bound
Jun 17, 2005
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hershy park my good man, lilly white as far as the eye can see.

and fuckem almost every one (almost) hurt or killed at an amusement park is asking for it in some way, hose em off and keep on running, a little chlorine in the gene pool is good
:clap: bravo on both points bro. I loved hershey park, not as crowded as cedar point, and no undesirables about.