Hong Kong’s Ocean Park has closed a Halloween-themed haunted house attraction after a man died on Saturday afternoon from injuries that he sustained after stumbling into a restricted area of the ride.
The 21-year-old man surnamed Cheung was found unconscious behind the scenes of a seasonal spooky attraction called “Buried Alive.” According to the park’s website, visitors who dared enter the attraction would “experience being buried alive alone, before fighting their way out of their dark and eerie grave.” To go down into the attraction, guests would hop into a coffin-shaped vehicle and slide downwards into the dark, experiencing the horrors within by themselves.
According to a park spokesperson, Cheung mistakenly ventured into the backstage area of the attraction that is reserved for maintenance staff only. There, he was hit in the head by a moving part of the slide, one of the mechanical coffins.
After being found, Cheung was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.
According to a preliminary investigation, the accident did not involve any instance of mechanical failure.
Ocean Park has offered their deepest condolences to the victim and his family and have promised to attempt to compensate their loss.
The haunted house attraction opened in 2001 and this is the first time that a fatal accident has occurred there. Ocean Park has closed the attraction while an investigation is carried out into the incident.
By Máté Mohos
[Images via HK01.com]
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