July 12, 2007

Drowning at Great America



A young boy drowned this afternoon in a pool at the Great America amusement park in Santa Clara. The victim, identified only as a 4-year-old boy, drowned in the The Great Barrier Reef attraction, which just opened at the park over Memorial Day weekend.

It was the fifth fatal accident at the park since opening in 1976.

In 1999, a 12-year-old boy fell to his death from the Drop Zone ride. In 1998, a 25-year-old man was killed when he climbed over a security fence to retrieve a hat and was kicked by the dangling foot of a passenger on the Top Gun roller coaster. In 1989, a 9-year-old boy died after falling under a fiberglass log on a water ride. In 1980, a 13-year-old boy died when two trains collided on the Willard's Whizzer roller coaster.

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