Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:01 am
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) - July 13, 2008 -- A Bulgarian man who took a summer job on a New Jersey amusement pier was being kept alive Monday on life support after being accidentally struck by a roller coaster car while trying to retrieve a child's hat that fell from the ride.
Stanislav Dragnev, 21, was one of two workers at the Star Jet roller coaster Sunday night on the Casino Pier. At about 6:50 p.m., he entered a restricted area of the roller coaster to try to fetch a child's hat while the roller coaster was still in motion.
"He was trying to do something nice for a child," said Marilou Halvorsen, a spokeswoman for the Casino Pier, one of two amusement ride areas on the Seaside Heights boardwalk.
Details of the accident remained sketchy, and police referred all inquiries to the Casino Pier spokeswoman. She said it appeared that Dragnev was walking underneath or alongside the roller coaster tracks when one of the cars struck him in the head, grievously injuring him.
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coasterguy618 wrote:Well, wouldn't you think someone who works at the park knew better? People these days.
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Carnage wrote:coasterguy618 wrote:Well, wouldn't you think someone who works at the park knew better? People these days.
I think in most cases they just underestimate the clearance on these rides.
If you work on a ride every day, you probably become desensitized to the noises of the ride. So walking close to the ride probably wouldn't phase him.
Probably just went to get the hat, and got too close, not thinking about how far to the side of the track that the car might extend.
Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:46 pm
HHN Dylan wrote:I know its harsh, but I really don't even think people like this deserve life... Can you honestly be that stupid.
Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:49 pm
Manny In England wrote:Ban hats. It sounds stupid but it would have saved lives.