Orlando park worker dies while working on ride
Authorities are investigating the incident.
Ayinde O. Chase
Orlando, FL, United States
July 4, 2011 01:04 pm EDT
Disaster And Accident, Accident, Lifestyle And Leisure, Tourism, Human Interest, People, Human Mishap
An amusement park worker died on Saturday as he performed maintenance on a park ride. Park guests watched as he hung from a safety harness nearly 50 feet in the air.
Justin W. Honeycutt, 30, was working on the Star Flyer at the Magical Midway when the incident occurred.
Orange County deputies and fire rescue officials found Honeycutt suspended by a safety harness near the giant swing ride that tosses occupants hundreds of feet in the air. Magical Midway employees immediately cleared the area of visitors. When rescuers were able to bring him down after nearly an hour he was pronounced dead.
Officials say he suffered severe traumatic injuries to his body.
"He was strapped in. He was following safety precautions," a rescue worker said.
Officials said the ride was not open to guests at the time of the accident and no other injuries were reported.
The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will investigate the incident.
Magical Midway reopened on Sunday. However, the Star Flyer ride remained shut down.
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