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    Two Deaths at Adventureland

    Two deaths occured in Adventureland (one today, one yesterday). Adventureland is located in Farming Dale, NY.

    Death #1:
    Adventureland Employee Dies after Being Hit by Rollercoaster
    Tom Durante 09/01/2005 12:45 pm Suffolk County Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating an incident in which an 18-year-old Adventureland employee was killed.

    At about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday night, Stephen Gary, a recent graduate of North Babylon High School, was operating the “Lady Bug Coaster” when he was hit. He had suffered internal injuries and was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at about 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

    “The Lady Bug Roller Coaster has been at Adventureland for eight years, and approximately 150,000 people ride on it each year,” Adventureland General Manager Paul Gentile said in a statement. “We have never had an incident or problem with this ride.”

    Gentile added that Gary was employed by Adventureland for two years and he was fully trained in the operation of this particular ride.

    “OSHA is investigating the incident to determine exactly what happened,” says OSHA spokesman John Chavez, “and if any federal safety regulations were violated.”

    Dt. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick of the Homicide Squad says there is no indication of foul play and suicide is not a factor. He adds that any park patrons who may have witnessed the incident are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

    The ride is currently shut down for safety inspection.
    Death #2
    Another Death at Adventureland
    Tom Durante 09/01/2005 5:52 pm An amusement park that has had few major incidents in its 43-year history has had its second death as many days.

    The Suffolk County Police Department confirms that there is one death, that of a middle-aged woman whose name is not being released until after a next-of-kin is notified.

    The woman was reportedly riding on the “Top Scan” ride at about 12 p.m. today when she was ejected from the ride, into an adjacent parking lot.

    This death comes on the heels of another incident in which 18-year-old park employee Stephen Gary was killed yesterday when he was hit by a kiddie roller coaster. Suffolk Police say that there is no connection between the two incidents.

    “In our 43-year history, we have always delivered a safe and wonderful park to our many guests,” Adventureland Operations Manager Paul Gentile said in a statement. “We hope to understand what happened as soon as possible.”
    All in all, this has not been a good month for NY amusment parks. Earlier this month a boy died in Playland and a man fell from a ferris wheel.

    “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” - Walt Disney

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    Re: Two Deaths at Adventureland

    That's terrible. My deepest condolences to these people's families...

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    Re: Two Deaths at Adventureland

    The woman was ejected into the parking lot?!?! WOWZERS.

    I'll be prayin for them!

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