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An investigation is underway after a 6-year-old girl on vacation with her family died at an amusement park in the western Colorado town of Glenwood Springs.

Few details have been released, but Suzanne Emery with the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park says "an incident" occurred Sunday evening on the Haunted Mine Drop ride that caused the death.

The Post Independent reports the park will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

"Out of respect and concern for all parties involved, we will not have further comment until all details have been confirmed," Emery said in a news release. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved."

Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire said park employees initiated first aid until paramedics arrived and determined the girl had died.

The girl's name has not been released.

The Haunted Mine Drop, which opened in July 2017, is billed as the first drop ride to go underground, plunging riders 110 feet inside of Iron Mountain.

Park visitors are required to sign a release of liability waiver before going on any rides or attractions.

The sheriff's and coroner's offices are investigating the death.
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An investigation is underway after a 6-year-old girl on vacation with her family died at an amusement park in the western Colorado town of Glenwood Springs.

Few details have been released, but Suzanne Emery with the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park says "an incident" occurred Sunday evening on the Haunted Mine Drop ride that caused the death.

The Post Independent reports the park will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

"Out of respect and concern for all parties involved, we will not have further comment until all details have been confirmed," Emery said in a news release. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved."

Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire said park employees initiated first aid until paramedics arrived and determined the girl had died.

The girl's name has not been released.

The Haunted Mine Drop, which opened in July 2017, is billed as the first drop ride to go underground, plunging riders 110 feet inside of Iron Mountain.

Park visitors are required to sign a release of liability waiver before going on any rides or attractions.

The sheriff's and coroner's offices are investigating the death.

A report found it was caused by operator error, specifically that:

- They did not unclip one of the seatbelts on an empty seat after the previous ride.
- They failed to check the seatbelts properly after the victim and fellow riders boarded.
- They failed to notice that the victim was sat on top of the fastened seatbelt and not under it.
- they reset a seatbelt fault warning (triggered automatically because the seatbelt in question had not been unfastened) without checking what was causing it first, then dispatched the ride.

Ride operation issues were also noted, specifically that the ops weren't trained in what to do if a seatbelt warning was triggered, and there was nothing in the rides manual about it. Both ops were also very new to their job as well.

This article goes into more detail;

https://www.denverpost.com/2021/09/24/g ... denverpost

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