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September 6, 1999

Boy Injured After Falling from Spinning Ride

Vallejo, CA -- On Saturday evening a 9-year-old boy somehow managed to slide under his restraint and flew off the Scat A Bout ride at Six Flags Marine World.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. and was the second incident at the park in the past two weeks.

Park officials said that the boy suffered cuts to the back of his knees and was treated by the park before being transported to a local hospital.

Witnesses including park security reported seeing the boys legs hanging out of the car prior to falling. According to reports the boy flew into an adjacent flowerbed.

According to a park spokesman the incident was not a mechanical or operational problem. The restraint was locked down properly and the rider likely caused the incident.

The Scat A Bout is a spinning Scrambler style ride featuring four 2 to 3-passenger cars on three arms branching from the center. Each set of four cars spins in one direction, while the entire centerpiece holding the three branches spins in another.

Park officials closed the ride for several hours following the incident for an inspection, but reopened the ride after finding no mechanical problems.

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