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Roller coaster accident at Mt. Olympus under investigation

Published On: Mar 06 2014 06:40:46 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 07 2014 09:22:40 PM CST

Sauk County dispatchers said a 64-year-old man fell out of a roller coaster at Mount Olympus in the Wisconsin Dells Thursday night.

LAKE DELTON, Wis. -

A state agency is investigating after a 64-year-old man fell out of a roller coaster at Mount Olympus in the Wisconsin Dells Thursday night.

The Department of Safety and Professional Services has sent OSHA Amusement Ride and Ski-tow inspection staff to the scene where a man fell 15 to 20 feet and landed on the floor.

A Mount Olympus employee said the man fell off the Opa roller coaster at the theme park, which is in a building behind the water park. The theme park is closed, but the water park is still open.

Officials said the man was not moving but he was breathing when they took the 911 call around 5:35 p.m.

The man was transported to St. Clare's hospital in Baraboo, and was then transported by Med Flight to UW Hospital, authorities said.

Lake Delton police said this is not a criminal investigation.

According to Patrick Salvi, an attorney who has handled several cases involving injuries and deaths resulting from amusement park rides, the investigation will focus on the actions of the person injured and roller coaster ride itself.

“The first thing you have to find out is what happened, how did this happen and that would include witness statements, statements from people operating the roller coaster,” says Salvi.  “Then you go to the documents having to do with having it been inspected.  You inspect the roller coaster yourself and you involve people that are experts in amusement ride safety and are familiar with this device.”

A spokesperson for Mt. Olympus Resort said that first and foremost their thoughts and prayers right now are with the gentleman who was injured and his family.

According to a release, Mount Olympus staff members have been very cooperative.

The ride’s manufacturer, Zamperla Manufacturing, is investigating the incident as well.

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