Orlando’s amusement park called the ICON Park has recently opened a new drop tower ride. And a fourteen years old boy fell from the ride and died from the injuries that he had from the fall.
Tyre Sampson, age 14 from St. Louis, Missouri fell from the freefall ride. This freefall was the world’s highest freestanding tower as described by its operators along with the Orange Country Sherriff’s also mentioned the same.
The video of the fall was circulating on various social media platforms, which showed the incident prominently. In the video a person falls from the seat within five seconds the ride started, immediately reduced the speed as it reaches back to the ground.
ICON Park has informed of the incident immediately at around 11 p.m. the boy was taken to a hospital. The Sherriff hasn’t shared the details that led to this tragedy. And the report is also not released.
The investigation is under progress but no criminal cases were lodged against this incident, as there is a wide possibility that this could a tragic accident with no faults of anyone. John Mina the Orange County Sheriff said, ‘it appears to be a terrible tragedy’ but ‘I want to know what really happened.
Sampson was a good student and aspiring football player who visited the park along with friends and family. The father of Tyre, Yarnell said that he was visiting Orlando with his football team during the spring break.
Tyre’s elder brother said, he ‘was a very good young man. He was a big teddy bear, a gentle giant,’ adding more that Tyre was a ‘kindhearted kid’, who would be the first one to help whenever it was needed.
Yarnell said that he saw the video of the fall on Facebook while controlling his tears. I saw the video of my son falling down, and I couldn’t believe (it). My life stopped’.
He further said, ‘I want to know what really happened. You know what, you know, why a 14-year-old young man with a bright future has been taken away from us.’
The ride was 430 feet tall, and the medium circling the tower had the capacity of 30 people. According to the website of ICON Park as the vehicle reaches the top, ‘it’ll tilt forward 30 degrees and face the ground before free-falling nearly 400 feet at speeds reaching over 75 mph’.
The ride became available from the last Christmas of 2021. And it has passed all the safety measures before it got opened for the people. The document of safety was issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service (FDACS) and the permit was passed on 20th December 2021.
The report said, ‘The ride will be closed for the foreseeable future and will not re-open until all questions are answered as part of the ongoing FDACS investigation.’