Girl died on merry-go-round after seat belt was not fastened: NPR


The haunted mine fall is shown in this July 2017 file photo at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. A recent investigation found that a 6-year-old girl on vacation with her family died earlier this month after vertical descent operators failed to properly check her seat belts.

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The haunted mine fall is shown in this July 2017 file photo at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. A recent investigation found that a 6-year-old girl on vacation with her family died earlier this month after vertical descent operators failed to properly check her seat belts.

Chelsea Self / AP

A 6-year-old girl from Colorado died at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs earlier this month after ride operators failed to properly check her seat belts, state officials said.

Wongel Estifanos of Colorado Springs, Colo., Died of her injuries on September 5 after investigators said she fell 110 feet from the haunted mine ride.

Estifanos was visiting the amusement park over Labor Day weekend while on vacation with her family.

In a report from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, state investigators said the child was sitting on two previously buckled seat belts during the ride instead of wearing them properly on his lap.

State investigators said an alarm system alerted workers to the problem, but two of the workers, who had been hired in the past two months, had not been properly trained to fix the problem.

One of the workers reset the system and started sending the ride, investigators said.

“Safety is, and always has been, our top priority,” park officials told KDVR-TV.

Park officials told the local broadcaster they continue to work closely with safety experts from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment who are reviewing the incident.

The Haunted Mine Drop, which opened in July 2017, is considered the first drop ride to go underground, dropping runners 110 feet inside Iron Mountain.

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