A terrifying video of a chilling roller coaster ride gone wrong is getting national attention.
Six-year-old Kaysen Latham and his father, Delbert, were in Wonderland, an amusement park in Amarillo, when they decided to ride one of the park’s main attractions: the Mouse Trap. Things started to go wrong when Kaysen’s seat belt suddenly released.
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Delbert had been recording the whole event in video. It starts with the father and son excitedly making their way to the top of the roller coaster while riding their cart just before it takes a dip. Clearly they weren’t expecting what was about to happen next.
Kaysen’s face convulsed in horror as he was thrown off his seat. His face is not captured in the frame, but you can hear him screaming about his seat belt. Luckily, Delbert was around to hold him firmly as the ride went on and on.
In order to calm his son down, you can hear on audio Delbert assuring the young boy by saying, “I got you. You’re fine, I promise. I got you.” It was at this point that Delbert wasn’t even aware that he was still filming the whole thing as the ride progressed. After the exact moment Kaysen screamed from his seat, the video keeps rolling on before ending.
As soon as Delbert had informed the ride operator, he was even more frustrated when he found out that the park was aware of the malfunctioning seat belt but still chose to let people ride. Delbert then decided to post about the incident online to inform people about the park’s negligence.
Wonderland officials have since then removed the cart from the ride and released a lengthy statement to ensure customers:
Wonderland Amusement Park has taken great strides over the past 65 years to ensure the safety of our visitors at all times, therefore we were extremely concerned to hear about the experience of Mr. Latham and his six-year-old son over the weekend. The seat belt in the last car on the Mouse Trap roller coaster reportedly came loose creating a very scary situation for the family. Mr. Latham immediately informed the ride operator, found a member of management and reached out through a private social media message.
We appreciate his diligence in quickly bringing this to our attention. Wonderland immediately reached back out to Mr. Latham the evening it happened and promptly removed the back cart from the ride and ensured all other seat belts were in proper working order. The Mouse Trap was back in full operation on Saturday. This particular ride was originally built without seat belts, but Wonderland later added belts as an extra safety measure.
The Park’s Safety and Maintenance Team is tasked with conducting daily inspections on every Park ride to ensure the safety of Park goers.”
As for the family, they have decided not to sue the park and are just relieved that young Kaysen is safe, but Delbert said that he’s still disappointed over the ride operator’s response to him.
‘That made me more angry obviously. I told him that’s not acceptable to know that something is messing up and still let people on a ride,” Delbert told KFDA.
A third-party investigation was conducted during an independent insurance inspection from the National Association of Ride Safety Officials. They have found no deficiencies with the seat belt and cleared Wonderland off any potential charges.