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US Girl never strapped into seat before dying on amusement park ride: Report

03:25  26 september  2021
03:25  26 september  2021 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Girl , 6, who died on ride at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park was not buckled in, report says. An investigation found "multiple operator errors" behind the death of a six-year-old on a Colorado amusement park ride . An alarm system told the operators there was a problem on the ride , but

The report claims it is the responsibility of the park to strap in the riders . Two years ago, an email to the state told of another rider seat belt complaint. (credit: Bemni Mekonnen). And now comes Wongel. Caplis said, “The parents are determined to make sure that this never happens to anyone again.” Greg Johnson of the Department of Labor said in a video release, “This investigation did identity violations of the Colorado Amusement Ride and devices and regulations and enforcement will proceed.”

The 6-year-old girl who died on a ride at a Colorado amusement park earlier this month was never strapped into her seat -- and two operators failed to notice even after a monitor alerted them to a seatbelt safety issue -- before the ride plunged 110 feet, according to a state investigation.

Wongel Estifanos was visiting Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, located atop Iron Mountain in Glenwood Springs, with her family on Sept. 5 when she went on the Haunted Mine Drop ride, a free-fall drop down a pitch-black shaft.

After reviewing video surveillance and operating manuals, investigators with the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety determined that when Wongel got on the ride, she sat in a previously unoccupied seat on top of two already-locked seatbelts, and that "multiple operator errors" and "inadequate training" contributed to the fatal accident, according to a report released Friday.

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According to the report , the ride includes two seat belts — one that uses a buckle similar to those in vehicles, and another that uses a rod buckling system. Operation manuals for the rides say workers are expected to fasten both lap belts, but the manuals do not Dan Caplis, an attorney representing the Estifanos family, said the investigative report shows “this could have been so easily prevented.” He said the family plans on suing the park and are determined to make sure this never happens again. “The report makes it clear this is the fault of the park , not the fault of the rider ,” he said.

Colorado amusement park employees failed to notice that a 6-year-old girl was not fastened into her thrill ride seat before she fell 110 feet to her death earlier this month, according to investigators. Little Wongel Estifanos was ejected from the Haunted Mine Drop ride in Glenwood Springs while on vacation with her family over Labor Day weekend. She suffered multiple blunt force trauma. Investigators found that Wongel had a tail flap from the belt pulled over her lap, making it appear that she was strapped in when the operators made seatbelt checks.

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The girl was only holding the tail of one seatbelt across her lap, but when checking her seat, a ride operator "did not notice that the seatbelts were not positioned across her lap," according to the report.

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The 6-year-old Colorado Springs girl who died after falling 110 feet on a ride at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park earlier this month was not properly buckled in and was sitting on top of two seatbelts, according to a state investigation released Friday. The report from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Division of Oil and Public Safety, which oversees amusement park rides , found the two people operating the ride were given indicators that one of the seatbelts was not properly buckled.

A 6-year-old Colorado girl who died in a fall from a theme park ride this month wasn't wearing the seat belts, and operators of the vertical drop ride didn't properly check the restraints before allowing it to begin, according to a report from state investigators. The report on the deadly accident on the Haunted Mine Drop amusement ride at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park that claimed the life of 6-year-old Wongel Estifanos has been released.

The ride's control panel alerted the operator to an error with one of the seatbelts on Wongel's seat, indicating that that seatbelt had not been properly unlocked after the previous ride cycle, according to the report. The operator returned "multiple times" to check the seatbelt and buckle it to no avail, but "did not believe the error because they were convinced the restraint had been cycled," the report stated.

Wongel Estifanos is seen here in an undated file photo. © Estifanos Family Wongel Estifanos is seen here in an undated file photo.

A second ride operator then unlocked the seatbelts using a manual switch, clearing the error on the ride's control system, "without unloading passengers to determine what the issue was," the report stated. This decision did not resolve the problem -- that Wongel was not wearing the seatbelts -- and demonstrated that the operator "did not have a complete understanding" of the control system's safety indicators, according to the report.

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According to the report , the ride includes two seat belts — one that uses a buckle similar to those in vehicles, and another that uses a rod buckling system. Operation manuals for the rides say workers are expected to fasten both lap belts, but the manuals do not include instructions on what to do if an error occurs. When the alarm went off, one operator went back to double-check the rods and saw they were properly affixed, and a second operator then unlocked the rods and reinserted them. The workers failed to understand that the child wasn't wearing the seat belts across her lap, according to the report .

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a house with a mountain in the background © Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP, File

The second operator also checked the girl's seatbelts but "did not notice that neither of the seatbelts were positioned across her lap," according to the report.

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With no error on the control panel, the second operator was then able to dispatch the ride.

"Because Ms. Estifanos was not restrained in the seat she became separated from her seat and fell to the bottom of the [Haunted Mine Drop] shaft, resulting in her death," the report stated.

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Operators were not formally trained to unbuckle all seatbelts following each ride, though it was common practice and one that the first operator performed "inconsistently" on earlier rides, according to the report.

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The operators are supposed to buckle the seatbelts for each of the ride's six passengers and confirm the restraints are over their laps, per the manufacturer's operating manual, as "passengers cannot be expected to know or correctly execute the safety procedures for this ride," the report stated. Both operators failed to follow these procedures, according to the report.

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The report also determined that the operators' training "did not appear to emphasize the inherent risks of the ride," and that the manufacturer's operating manual "does not instruct operators on how to properly address errors."

The Haunted Mine Drop is currently closed, and future plans for the ride are "undetermined," the amusement park said.

a house that has a sign on the side of a building: The Haunted Mine Drop in a July 2017 photo at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colo. © Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP, File The Haunted Mine Drop in a July 2017 photo at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colo.

"Safety is, and always has been, our top priority," Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park founder Steve Beckley said in a statement following the release of the report. "Since opening our first ride just over 15 years ago, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has delivered more than 10 million safe and enjoyable rides."

"We have been working closely with the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety and independent safety experts to review this incident," he continued, noting that the amusement park will review the report "carefully for recommendations."

"More than anything, we want the Estifanos family to know how deeply sorry we are for their loss and how committed we are to making sure it never happens again," he added.

In a statement to Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, Dan Caplis, an attorney for the Estifanos family, said that Wongel's parents had received the report and called on people who have "experienced problems" with the Haunted Mine Drop to come forward.

"Wongel's parents are determined to do everything in their power to make sure that no one ever dies this way again," said Caplis, who told the station he intends to file a lawsuit against the park on behalf of the family.

ABC News' Will McDuffie contributed to this report.

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