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Teen dxes after fall from drop tower ride at Orlando's ICON PARK (Tyre Sampson)



Teen dies after fall from drop tower ride at Orlando's ICON PARK

A teenager fell to his death while riding an Orlando-area drop tower attraction, according to officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

ORLANDO, Fla. - A teenager fell to his death while riding an Orlando-area drop tower attraction, according to officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Several law enforcement officers, firefighters, and paramedics responded to ICON Park in Orlando, Florida late Thursday evening after a 911 caller reported the incident at the popular tourist attraction on International Drive.


Witnesses on the scene told deputies that someone had fallen off the Orlando Free Fall ride, which opened in December 2021.



The Orange County Sheriff's Office later confirmed that a 14-year-old boy was transported to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.


"A terrible tragedy": Sheriff discusses boy who fell to his death on Orlando ride

The Orange County Sheriff gave an update on Friday on the 14-year-old boy who fell from an Orlando ride at ICON Park and died.

"It appears to be a terrible tragedy," Orange County Sheriff John Mina said during a news conference on Friday, but says the investigation is still open. "Our prayers and thoughts are with the family," he said.



The boy has been identified as Tyre Sampson, Sheriff Mina said. He was visiting Orlando from his home in Missouri with another family in Central Florida.

RELATED: Father of teen who fell from ride wants answers: 'This should never happen'


The ride will remain closed during the investigation.

Investigators with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will be at ICON Park on Friday to investigate the incident, said Erin M. Moffet, a spokesperson for the agency, which inspects various attractions and rides.

She said the agency was unable to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.

14-year-old boy dies after falling from ride at Orlando's ICON Park

A teenager fell to his death while riding an Orlando-area drop tower attraction, according to officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

FOX 35 has requested the most recent inspection reports for the drop tower ride.

RELATED: Teen falls from Florida ride: Video shows moments leading up to deadly plunge

"At first we thought it was a piece of the ride or whatever until we got a little closer, and it was a person laying on the ground," said Montrey Williams, who said he witnessed the tragedy. "Everyone was just panicking and screaming."


A look at the restraints on the Orlando Free Fall ride. They pull over the rider - similar to a roller coaster (no seat belts). 2 workers do safety checks and make sure restraints are locked. A 14-year-old boy tragically died in the ride last night. @fox35orlando




"We operate the ride with all the safety precautions in mind. Everything is in place and this is why we are doing this investigation," John Stine, director of marketing for the Slingshot Group

  

WHERE IS ICON PARK? HOW TALL IS THE ORLANDO FREE FALL TOWER?

According to ICON Park's website, the Orlando Free Fall stands at 430 feet, "making it the world’s tallest freestanding drop tower." The ride can accommodate 30 riders when loaded


The vehicle rotates around a central tower as it rises.  After it reaches the top, riders tilt forward and face the ground briefly before free-falling nearly 400 feet at approximately 75 miles per hour.

WHO OWNS ORLANDO FREE FALL AND ORLANDO SLINGSHOT?

The Orlando Free Fall sits adjacent to the Orlando Slingshot. Both attractions, which opened in December 2021, are owned and operated by the Slingshot Group of Companies, according to the ICON Park website. 

ICON Park is also home to The Wheel at ICON Park and the Orlando Starflyer.

In September 2020, Jacob David Kaminsky, 21, died after he fell off the Orlando Starflyer while reportedly conducting a safety check. 

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