We have new information and an official statement to share regarding the accident that took place this week.
Located in Orlando, ICON Park is an entertainment complex featuring fun and games for the whole family. There’s restaurants, funky bars, boutique shops, and amusement parks for people of all ages to enjoy.
Attractions include a Ferris wheel, wax museum, aquarium, swing-style ride, train, museum of illusions, and more. Two of the attractions, the StarFlyer and Free Fall have been at the center of some tragic accidents as of late. Back in September 2020, we shared the horrible news that a construction worker fell to his death as he was working on the StarFlyer (pictured above). You can read that news story HERE.
According to local news channel WTSP, the sheriff’s office says its deputies responded just after 11 p.m. on the evening of March 24, to the Orlando Free Fall ride at the park. Witnesses reportedly saw a person fall from the ride to the ground. You can read our original story HERE.
Deputies confirmed a 14-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries. The investigation is still in its early stages. However, we now have some additional information straight from ICON Park.
Statement from ICON Park
Tonight, the ICON Park family is grieving because of the tragedy involving Tyre Sampson. Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family and friends.
ICON Park is committed to being a place where families can spend quality time together in a safe and fun space. We are in close coordination and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement and regulators regarding our tenant, the SlingShot Group.
We have learned that the teen was visiting from Missouri on Spring Break when he fell. A spokesperson for the Slingshot Group confirmed that all three of their rides at ICON Drive (Orlando Free Fall, Orlando Slingshot, and StarFlyer) are currently not operating.
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