A woman fell to her death at an Anhui amusement park yesterday morning, apparently because her seat belt had not been fastened.
The accident occurred at 10:40 am on Wednesday. A short time later, ambulances arrived and guests at the Hefei Happy Island park in the provincial capital were “asked” to leave. One witness told reporters that the woman’s fall had occurred at the center of the park and was heard by many guests.
She had fallen from a zipline ride which starts from a blue and red tower that rises up more than 10 meters into the air.
The victim has been identified as a 23-year-old woman surnamed Zhao from Anhui’s Danhu county. She had come to Happy Island on Wednesday for a bit of fun and relaxation.
In the aftermath of the accident, the park has expressed its sincere condolences to Zhao’s family and have promised to work with police who have opened up an investigation into her death.
The park’s owner said that he can not fully comment on the incident until police have completed their investigation, but admitted that Zhao’s death likely came because her seat belt had not been fastened by staff. The owner added that the worker in charge of the ride at that time had been working at the park for 10 years and had always performed his duties responsibly.
While the case is under investigation, the park has been shut down.
Unfortunately, deaths at Chinese theme parks are not a completely uncommon occurrence. Last year, a 13-year-old girl was killed after being thrown from her seat on a spinning amusement park ride in Chongqing. In 2015, two tourists were killed after being thrown from the “Crazy Scream” ride at a theme park in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province.
Earlier this week, a 4-year-old boy died in Fujian province after the inflatable bouncy castle that he was playing in at a public square was flipped over by heavy winds.