A five-year-old boy narrowly escaped serious injury or worse at an amusement park in Zhejiang on Monday, as he dangled from the top of a ferris wheel with his head stuck between two guard rails.
According to a witness, the boy’s mom convinced staff to let her son ride alone so that she could save ¥30 ($4.36) on her ticket.
As the ferris wheel reached its highest point, the boy opened the window of the carriage and pushed his legs and torso through it. His head got stuck between the bars, likely the only thing that kept him from falling.
The ride operator carefully lowered theferris wheel to the ground, where doctors examined the boy, who escaped the incident with only a few scratches to show for it.
Not everyone is so lucky in accidents at Chinese amusement parks. In February last year, a 13-year-old girl died after being flung off a ride in Chongqing.The victim’s family received870,000 yuan in compensation for the fatal accident. In June this year, a woman fell to her death at an amusement park in Hefei because her seat belt had not been fastened.