Woman, 57, plunges 26 feet to death after slipping from rollercoaster in TRAGIC accident
KLOTTEN, GERMANY: A woman has tragically died after she reportedly slipped out of her seat in a horror rollercoaster accident. The 57-year-old, who has not been named, fell off the ride to her death from a height of 26ft at the Klotti Wildlife and Leisure park in Klotten, Germany at around 4:30 pm on Saturday, August 7. Police have been trying to establish whether her death was due to "fault of a third party," but the most recent update from public prosecutors on Monday suggested there was "no suspicion" of criminal conduct.
The woman, who was from Sankt Wendel in the Saarland region of Germany, is said to have slid out of her seat as the rollercoaster carriage moved around a corner, before falling from the track onto the ground moments later. Rescue efforts were reportedly made more difficult by the uneven terrain surrounding the ride, though many details regarding the accident and response remain unclear.
After closing the park for three days in the wake of the incident, administrators from the park confirmed on Instagram on August 8, that the attractions would re-open to members of the public from the next day, save for the ride involved in the accident. Although the coaster has reportedly been inspected and cleared by Germany's Technical Inspection Association (TÜV), Klotti Park declared it intends to get the ride checked a second time to ensure it is in full working order and safe for visitors before commencing operation.
Investigators, meanwhile are reportedly working with the TÜV to review the ride's "approval and test documents from supervisory authorities" and questioning witnesses, with the body of the victim set to undergo a post-mortem examination. A statement from Klotti Park, published originally in German yesterday, read, "Dear Guests, starting tomorrow the 9th August 2022 we will reopen our KLOTTI park. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident. Meanwhile, the on-site investigations have ended and the roller coaster affected by the accident has been immediately opened for operation. Nevertheless, we decided to have the system inspected again by the TÜV as a precaution. Therefore, the roller coaster remains temporarily closed. We are still very affected and it will be difficult for us to return to everyday life. Our thoughts are with the family, we wish them a lot of strength and confidence in these difficult times."
An earlier statement posted on Sunday around 24 hours after the fatal incident transpired spoke of the park's "shock and amazement" at the death and expressed "deepest sympathies" to the deceased's loved ones. "Due to a fatal accident, we will also keep Klotti Park closed on Monday 08.08.2022 to support the authorities. We would like to use this way to express our deepest sympathy to the family, relatives and friends! Our team is still shocked and amazed. Since the cause of the accident is still unclear, today we cannot estimate how the parking operations will look like in the next few days. Thank you for your understanding!!!"
Klotti first opened in 1970 as a wildlife park, before expanding to include a leisure and family attraction in the 1990s.