Girl Injured in Amusement Park Accident

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  • A 12-year-old girl is severely injured while taking a plunge on the "Terminal Velocity" ride at Extreme World in Wisconsin Dells. Video by wtmj.com

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  • A 12-year-old girl is seriously injured at an amusement ride at Extreme World in Wisconsin Dells. | Photo: TODAY'S TMJ4

WISCONSIN DELLS - Lake Delton Police say a 12-year-old girl was flown to UW Hospital in Madison Friday afternoon after she fell at least 40 feet to the ground while participating in a free fall ride called Terminal Velocity.

The girl was at the Extreme World Amusements when it happened. She reportedly was released for the free fall ride, but the net that was supposed to catch her fall malfunctioned; allowing the girl to fall over 40 feet to the ground.

Although her condition is not known at this time, officials say she was severely injured.

According to the owner, the ride has not had any incidents in the approximately 8 years it's been at Extreme World.

Judy Norris rushed to help.

"I heard a mom screaming and I looked down and there was a little girl on the ground," Norris said tearfully. "The mom was saying, 'Please don't let my baby die, please don't let my baby die.' I tried to get a pulse and some air and she wasn't (breathing) so I started CPR."

Nick Laskaris owns Mount Olympus directly across the street. He saw the little girl on the ground, and tried to comfort the ride's owner, a good friend of his.
 
"He is genuinely upset," Laskaris said. "I have my own 13-year-old girl so I understand what the family is going through and I couldn't imagine. We really hope everything works out for the family."
 
The ride is shut down, as are all the rides at Extreme World Amusements. It isn't known when the ride will be back open.