14-Year-Old Boy Dies on Amusement Ride at ICON Park in Florida
11:16 AM PT — The victim has been identified as Tyre Sampson, who was visiting the park from Missouri.
“I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to the family of the young man who lost his life late last night after falling from the Orlando Free Fall attraction. We can’t imagine the pain and anguish that his family must be going through.”- OCSO Sheriff John Mina pic.twitter.com/a6tRdVn9PC
— Orange County Sheriff’s Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) March 25, 2022
There was a horrendous accident at a Florida amusement park that left a child dead, and sadly it’s yet another case of the fact … these rides are not risk-free.
A 14-year-old boy was riding the “Orlando Free-Fall” at ICON Park Thursday when he fell to the ground and died.
The apex of the ride stands at 430 feet … the park boasts the world’s tallest freestanding drop tower.
An eyewitness told Fox News 35 … “At first we thought it was a piece of the ride or whatever until we got a little closer and it was a person laying on the ground. Everyone was just panicking and screaming.”
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The ride is a new edition … it opened in December. The way it works … once the chairs reach the top, they hurl toward earth at 75 mph.
Police are investigating.
Originally Published — 6:22 AM PT