Darien Lake Accident 2011
July 9, 2011 by USA Post
Darien Lake Accident 2011, An investigation is underway on a roller coaster accident in upstate New York that killed an Army veteran who lost both legs to a roadside bomb in Iraq. Saturday teams of inspectors were examining the ride of steel roller coaster at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, about 30 miles east of Buffalo.
James Hackemer of Gowanda died Friday night when he was expelled from the race. The 29-year-old was missing both legs and hip. The park remained open after the accident. Customers were coming back on Saturday morning.
A U.S. Army veteran who lost his legs while deployed to Iraq was thrown from a roller coaster 200 feet high in a theme park north of the state on Friday and was killed.
James Thomas Hackemer, 29, was expelled from the rollercoaster ride of steel in the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, located between Buffalo and Rochester, about 5:30 pm; the sheriff’s office said Genesee County.
The park confirmed guest “came out of the Ride of Steel roller coaster” and said he was “saddened to report that the client has passed.” He said local authorities and security experts were investigating.
The park’s website describes the ride of steel as one of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, climbing 208 meters and at speeds exceeding 70 mph.
The roller coaster and the surrounding area were closed after man’s death, said park spokeswoman Cassandra Okon.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with friends and family guests,” he said.
The death was at least second in the last couple of months in the parks in the Northeast. In early June, an 11-year-old on a school trip to Mariner Morey Pier in Wildwood, New Jersey, fell about 150 meters from the top of a Ferris wheel and was killed. A report on the restrictions found the ride to work correctly, and researchers have been able to determine how the girl, traveling alone, left the gondola Ferris wheel.
Hackemer of Gowanda lost his right leg below the knee and his left leg at the hip by a bomb while he was deployed in 2008, authorities said. He had been living with their parents.
“This will help a little that he was happy,” said his mother, Nancy Hackemer, The Buffalo News. “I should not have had these past three years and four months.” She said the family had recently returned from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, where her son has “a new set of legs.” “He was assisted in the trip,” he said. “He was doing what he wanted to do.”
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