Jul 30 2012
A boy is recovering after he was hit in the face by a bird while riding a roller coaster at an amusement park in New Jersey. The collision occurred as the Kingda Ka coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson was returning to the station Thursday.
Park spokeswoman Kristen Siebeneicher tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/N1hV0G ) the boy was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries to his face and neck. She says it’s unclear what type of bird it was, but characterized it as small, and says its carcass is being handed over to the Ocean County Health Department.
The 45-story Kingda Ka coaster, which reaches speeds up to 128 mph, was shut down for 30 minutes. However it’s not the first time a thrillseeker has been hit by a bird. In 1999 Fabio was left with a bloody face after being struck by a bird while riding Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens, in Williamsburg, Virginia.
First Fabio, now this little boy. Roller coasters just aren’t safe anymore! I would love to see a slow motion video of this event. It’d be hilarious.
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