Chicago Wrongful Death Case: Three Others Have Been Hurt on Norridge Ride
April 27, 2011
An amusement park in Norridge where a 3-year-old twin boy died on a roller coaster remained closed by state inspectors Monday, while the family tried to help the surviving brother cope with witnessing the tragedy.
Reports also revealed that at least three other passengers have been hurt by the Python Pit roller coaster at Go Bananas amusement park in recent years, suffering mostly minor injuries. One attorney, who filed a lawsuit against the park this year over one of those incidents, questioned the safety of the ride.
Jayson Dansby, 3, of Dolton, was riding with his twin brother Saturday night when he somehow got underneath the safety restraint, fell between two cars, then dropped a few feet to the floor, suffering head injuries, police said. Police believe the boy met the ride’s size requirement.
Police and state regulators closed the indoor amusement park at 4516 N. Harlem Ave. after the incident.
Six rides at the park, including the roller coaster, had passed annual inspections and gotten permits from the Illinois Department of Labor Dec. 15, spokeswoman Anjali Julka said. But the park will remain closed until all the rides are reinspected, she said. She also expected investigators to interview the child’s family, park operators and police.