Coney Island Coaster Accident Injures 5-Year Old, Are They Safe or Not?

By: Victoria Drake

Love the thrill of a roller coaster? Ever been to historic Coney Island and taken a spin on the Sea Serpent Roller Coaster? Well on August 14th, a little before 7pm, five-year old Pradipla Sutradhar's leg was mangled while trying to free himself from the ride.

The boy became frightened when he reached the top of the roller coaster. He then freed himself by crawling under the lap bar, ultimately falling about 1 ½ feet onto the tracks where he lay for twenty minutes until emergency crews could reach him. Sutradhar's sister was also hurt during the horrific incident. The brother and sister were treated at Bellevue Hospital, the boy suffering from a major gash on his leg and his sister a minor leg injury. The ride is inspected and has not had any such incident occur since it was built in 1997.

Roller coaster fatalities are another threat to amusement park-goers. On July 19 of this year, 52-year old Rosa Ayala-Gaona plunged 75-feet to her death atop the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas. The likelihood of being killed on a roller coaster is one in 750 million, but amusement park-goers are not pleased and are demanding federal regulations and safety inspections. If you have ever suffered an injury from riding any type of roller coaster in New York, contact our firm.

Source: ABC World News, "No Federal Regulations for Roller Coaster Safety", Colleen Curry, July 22, 2013.

New York Daily News, "Coney Island Roller Coaster Leap Injures Terrified Child, 5", Chelsia Rose Marcius, Mark Morales, and Thomas Tracy, August 14, 2013.