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Autopsy confirms teen killed on Florida ride exceeded weight limit

A 14-year-old boy who fell off a 430-foot amusement park ride in Florida earlier this year was 96 pounds over the ride’s recommended weight limit and died of blunt force trauma, according to an autopsy report.

Tyre Sampson was 6-foot-2 and weighed 383 pounds when he fell during a freefall drop-tower ride in Orlando on March 24, according to the Orange County Medical Examiner’s report released Monday.

According to a ride manual previously issued by the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a ride higher than the Statue of Liberty had a maximum weight of 287 pounds, although questions have been raised as to whether this weight limit was publicly available. Posted from.

A 14-year-old boy died after falling from a ride. An autopsy concluded that his death was accidental and caused by blunt force injuries.

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The manner in which the middle school student died was ruled accidental. According to the medical examiner’s report obtained by HuffPost, he had blunt flexion injuries to his head and neck and blunt bruising to the torso, which included internal wounds to his spleen, stomach and liver.

The ride was ordered to close by the FDACS the day after his death. The department, which is investigating the incident, declared the attraction “an immediate serious threat to the public health, safety and welfare”.

An engineering firm hired by the state to help with the investigation concluded in April that the operator of the ride manually changed some sensors on specific seats on the ride, allowing the ride to operate even though it was unsafe.

As Quest Engineering & Failure reports, these changes resulted in a 6- to 7- in the harness restraint on the seat of the tire after the harness’ proximity sensor was “loosened, adjusted and tightened to allow the restraint opening of approximately 7 inches”. There is a difference of -inches. analysis found.

The Orlando Freefall Drop Tower Was Ordered To Close A Day After The Teenager'S Death.
The Orlando Freefall Drop Tower was ordered to close a day after the teenager’s death.

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“During the slow ride, the tire slipped through the gap between the Sampson seat and harness, which would have increased by several inches due to built-in seat and harness compliance,” the report said. It added that “many other possible contributors” may have been involved in the accident.

State Representative Geraldine Thompson (D) has said that the seat sensors were manually adjusted “presumably, to allow for larger riders, which should not have happened based on the manufacturer’s guidelines.”

A lawyer representing the ride’s operator told the Orlando Sentinel after the release of that report in April that all of the manufacturer’s “protocols, procedures and safety measures” were followed.

Meanwhile, Tire’s parents have filed suit against several ride-hailing companies, alleging negligence that led to their son’s death.

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