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Knotts Berry Farm Top Deadly Accidents on Rides and Attractions

Deadly Accidents are Rare, but Theme Park Guests Should be Aware of Potentially Dangerous Rides


For most visitors to Southern California, a visit to Knott’s Berry Farm is often at the top of the list of must-see attractions.

Over the years, however, some unfortunate guests to this 160-acre theme park, have faced serious injuries or even death on rides operated by owner Cedar Fair.

A 40-year-old mother took a 100-foot Perilous Plunge to her death in 2001 at Knott’s Berry Farm. It was a shocking accident and one that most theme park goers only imagine in their worst nightmare.

Keep in mind that these incidents are rare and thousands of people safely visit amusement parks in California without incident.

That’s not to say that accidents don’t happen. They certainly do. The outcome is most often minor, but occasionally severe injuries or even deaths occur.

Eight years after that mother of five children died, a 12-year-old boy suffered serious injuries on the Xcelerator roller coaster when a launch cable broke off, whipped over the fiberglass car and sliced it almost all the way through. The cable also struck the boy’s calf and cut him severely and debris was sprayed into the face of him and his father as he sat next to his son on the ride. The incident was recorded on video that’s been viewed thousands of times on YouTube. The family of the child eventually settled a lawsuit with the Buena Park theme park for an undisclosed sum.

Later in 2014, a 10-year-old boy suffered a serious foot injury and a broken leg when he got his leg and foot stuck between a cart on the Coast Rider roller coaster and the deck. The child had his skin ripped off of his foot and suffered nerve damage as a result of the incident.

Then in 2016, 21 people including seven children were stuck 125 feet in the air on the SkyCabin ride at the same Buena Park theme park. Fortunately there were no serious injuries involved in this incident.

Knott’s Berry Farm was one of six local amusement parks including the OC Fair that voluntarily took preventative measures recently when it closed down its Fire Ball ride after the same ride in Ohio took the life of one person and injured multiple others when it broke apart in mid-air.

New rides such as the upcoming HangTime roller coaster scheduled to open in summer 2018 at Knott’s Berry Farm are bound to please guests, but remember there are no guarantees that a ride will not malfunction or break apart.

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