Officials at the popular Silver Dollar City in Missouri have confirmed an employee has passed away at the park near Branson, Missouri after an incident.
On Wednesday, Silver Dollar City confirmed that one of their employees had died whilst working at the park after obtaining an injury. On Thursday, they made the following statement to silver-dollar-city-employee-injured-during-incident-wednesday/”>KY3:
‘It is with great sorrow that we share the loss of a Silver Dollar City employee following an incident that occurred while working late yesterday afternoon. He was a dedicated and passionate member of our Silver Dollar City family, having worked in maintenance and construction since 2017.’
‘Our prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. Out of respect for their privacy, we are unable to provide any further information.’
The park was able to confirm that no guests were injured in the incident, but is yet to release any more details of the incident. According to Kansas City Star, it is understood that the employee worked in the park’s maintenance and construction department for about five years. An inquiry is being carried out by the Occupational Health and Safety Association.
It was also confirmed on Thursday that the park would be open as usual, despite the investigation.
Other theme park fatalities in the US
Unfortunately, the incident at Silver Dollar City means that three people have lost their lives at American theme parks in the last year alone.
Tyre Sampson, only 14 years old, lost his life after falling from the Orlando Freefall. Necessary requirement checks were not carried out and the weight exceeded the limit massively. Since the tragic incident, the family have filed a negligence lawsuit against the park. Countless protests have also happened in an attempt to close the ride.
Currently, no one has been prosecuted but a police investigation is still ongoing.
In Adventureland, Iowa, 11-year-old Michael Jaramillo lost his life on the Raging River ride. Though closed for several months before the fatality, the ride passed state inspection and reopened. On the same day, Michael’s raft capsized and his family were left trapped in the water. Michael was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
A later inspection would find that there were 17 safety violations on that ride alone. Since then, the Raging River has remained closed.
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