A teenager fell to his death Thursday night after falling from a thrill ride at an Orlando theme park, while his parents looked on.
Video circulating on social media shows a group of riders climb to 400 feet on the “Orlando Free-Fall Ride,” a ride at ICON Park on International Drive, then plunge at 75 miles per hour. About halfway down, the graphic footage shows the teen boy fly off the ride and hit the ground.
Chaos erupted when the ride ended, only feet away from the boy and his parents who were in shock, local news station Fox 35 reported.
The video shows horrified bystanders rush towards the boy, while crew members helped unlock screaming and crying riders from harnesses.
The Orange County Sherrif’s Office confirmed the boy was rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital, where he died.
An investigation has begun, which will investigate the operator of the ride, the Slingshot Group.
A spokesperson for Slingshot Group told WESH: “We operate the ride with all the safety precautions in mind. Everything is in place. And this is why we’re doing this investigation. We are working with those people investigating at this point.”
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO OF HORRIFIC THEME PARK INCIDENT BELOW