Horror at the amusement park: teenager killed on the new ride everyone wanted to try

In Orlando, Florida, a 14-year-old boy died after being ejected from “the tallest free fall tower in the world”.

Tragedy struck in Orlando, Florida. On Thursday, March 24, 14-year-old Tire Sampson died after falling from the “Orlando FreeFall” ride in Icon Park, a 130 meter high free fall tower known to be “the tallest in the world”. The accident happened shortly after 11 p.m. Rushed to hospital, the teenager from St. Louis, Missouri, died shortly after from his injuries. “We are devastated by what happened to this young“said John Stine, sales and marketing manager for the Slingshot Group, responsible for the offending attraction.”We want to understand what happened to this young man. Security is essential for us, both for our users and our employees.”

An investigation has been opened to determine the circumstances of the accident and the degree of responsibility of the owners of the ride. “Our role is to determine if it is an accident or an intentional actsaid John Mina, sheriff of Orange County, during a press conference. Right now it seems like a terrible tragedy.” Opened in December 2021, the “Orlando FreeFall” had passed all necessary safety inspections before it was put into operation, says an inspection report revealed by CNN. According to John Stine, the young Tire Sampson had been well attached before the departure of the attraction.

“He was a big teddy bear, a gentle giant”

Asked by CNN, Tyre’s father, Yarnell Sampson, has indicated that his son wants to become a professional footballer. “He was a very good man. A big teddy bear, a gentle giant“, he confided. And to add, devastated: “I saw the video of his fall and I didn’t believe it. I want to know what really happened. I want to know why a 14-year-old’s bright future was snatched away from him.” The ride has been closed for an indefinite period.


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Horror at the amusement park: teenager killed on the new ride everyone wanted to try

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