June 28, 2008
Austell, GA -- A teenager was killed today at Six Flags Over Georgia when he was struck by the Batman The Ride roller coaster. According to a statement from the park, the 17-year-old scaled two six-foot fences to enter a restricted area at approximately 2:00 pm.
Online news reports say the teen was decapitated by the 50 mph roller coaster.
Six Flags Over Georgia said in a statement that they do not know why this person was intent on gaining access to this restricted area, as multiple signs clearly state: Danger Zone/Do Not Enter/Authorized Personnel Only.
Fortunately, no one on board the Batman roller coaster was injured in the incident.
According to Six Flags, witnesses stated that the individual was trying to retrieve something he had lost. Others reported that he was trying to touch the ride. However, Six Flags said all of this is speculation and they are working with local police and questioning park visitors to learn more.
The family of the victim was at the park when the incident occurred.
This is the second incident involving this roller coaster. A park employee was also struck and killed by the Batman The Ride roller coaster in 2002. The employee had also entered a restricted area during the rides operation and was killed when struck by the leg of a 14-year old rider.
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