Girl, 6, dies on 'world's best drop ride' at theme park

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A US family is mourning after a six-year-old girl tragically died on a ride in a theme park in Colorado.

According to a statement, police were called to the Haunted Mine Drop ride at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on Sunday night in response to a report that a child had been fatally injured on the ride.

Staff members at the amusement park tried to give the girl first aid until paramedics arrived.

The Haunted Mine Drop ride at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado. Source: Facebook
The girl was tragically killed on an amusement park ride at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado. Source: Facebook

According to the Garfield County coroner’s office, the girl, who was on holiday with her family, was fatally injured on the park’s Haunted Mine Drop ride at about 7.44 pm (local time).

It's unsure what exactly her injuries were, and an autopsy has been scheduled for later in the week.

The park issued a statement on its website saying it was “deeply saddened" by the accident, asking that people "please keep the family of the deceased in your thoughts and prayers.”

"An incident occurred this evening, September 5, at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on the Haunted Mine Drop ride that resulted in a fatality," a Facebook post from the park read.

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"Authorities and emergency personnel have been dispatched and an investigation is in progress.  

"Out of respect and concern for all parties involved, we will not have further comment until all details have been confirmed.  

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved.

"Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park will be closed Monday, September 6 and Tuesday, September 7."

 According to the park’s website, the Haunted Mine Drop ride opened in 2017.

The park says it is the first drop ride in the world to go underground. It starts at the surface level of the park and descends 34 metres in under three seconds.

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