Over the weekend, a tragic Magic Mountain death occurred, which left a 10-year-old girl dead. Jasmine Martinez lost consciousness on a Six Flags roller coaster ride in Southern California and didn’t survive. CNN reports that although the girl died on Saturday, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office says her exact cause of death hasn’t been determined.
Martinez was airlifted to the hospital Friday when she was discovered unconscious, but still breathing after riding the Revolution roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain located in Valencia, California.
The Magic Mountain death prompted Six Flags to issue a statement regarding the situation.
“There is no evidence to suggest that this was in any way ride related. We do not know if there was a pre-existing condition.”
Magic Mountain is temporarily closed while an investigation into the girl’s death is carried out, amusement park officials said.
According to the report, over 45 million people have ridden the roller coaster since it was opened in 1976.
In another report by the Los Angeles Times, Martinez was airlifted to Northridge Medical Center before being transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.
State officials claim that the roller coaster ride had nothing to do with the girl’s death when she lost consciousness. The ride was reopened soon after that, but when Martinez died, it was closed again. The Magic Mountain death is being reviewed before the attraction opens again.
Revolution rises to up a 113-foot hill, then “swoops through slopes and a long, steep straightaway to a 90-foot-tall vertical loop.” It hits speeds of 55 mph as “you rocket through narrow curves, soar over peaks, and plow through a tunnel, banking left and right like a pro.”
The Los Angeles Times took a look back at the injuries reported on amusement park rides in the state following the Magic Mountain death. They reveal that there have been 2,000 injury reports from 2007 through 2012 of theme parks across Southern California. In the majority of those cases, most people suffered from fainting, nausea, and dizziness. 18 percent pointed to motion sickness, “including fainting, nausea and dizziness.” At 16 percent, back and neck pain hit thrill seekers, while 12 percent resulted in head injuries. The report states that theme park visitors “were more likely to get hurt or sick on older attractions.”
There were more women reporting injuries than men. Those were vastly related to riding roller coasters and water slides. Parks report an average of around 350 injuries a year during the 6-period.
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