ICON Park asks Orlando FreeFall operator to suspend all ride operations
ORLANDO, Florida. – The owners of ICON Park are asking the company behind some of its thrill rides to suspend all ride operations following the death of a teenager last week.
ICON Park is asking SlingShot Group to suspend operations of not only Orlando FreeFall but also Orlando SlingShot with immediate effect.
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A statement from the company said SlingShot cannot continue to operate the rides until a full investigation is conducted.
“In the interest of public safety, ICON Park demands that the SlingShot Group suspend not only the operation of Orlando FreeFall, but also the operation of Orlando SlingShot, effective immediately, pending an investigation. investigation by the relevant authorities is complete and all parties are satisfied that the rides are safe for the public,” the statement read.
ICON Park’s statement does not include the Starflyer, which is also operated by SlingShot Group. Although the Starflyer is near ICON Park, it is not on ICON Park property.
Tire Sampson, 14, was killed last week when he fell while riding the Orlando FreeFall attraction. Orlando FreeFall has been closed following the death and pending an investigation.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried confirmed Monday that the agency is working with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the incident.
“We hope that subsequent findings can inform us about how this tragedy happened and will precipitate the changes needed to better protect Florida amusement ride customers,” Fried said.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspects all rides in Florida except those at large amusement parks which have full-time inspectors on staff.
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