JACKSON – An adult park visitor at Great Adventure Hurricane Harbor water park was hospitalized on Monday after riding the tornado funnel slide.
Kristin B. Fitzgerald, spokeswoman for Six Flags Great Adventure, said the visitor complained of back and neck pain before being rushed to a local hospital.
The condition of the visitor was initially unknown. Fitzgerald declined to provide further information about the guest, citing federal law restricting the publication of medical information.
The incident happened around 3:30 p.m., she said.
The 75-foot-high slide drops park visitors at about 35 feet per second through a 132-foot tunnel and into a 60-foot-wide funnel, according to the Great Adventure website.
The riders go down the slide on a raft for four people.
“You will swirl through the funnel as if you were being blown around with furious force,” the website says, adding that drivers “will feel the full thunderous force of the tornado.”
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Monday’s incident follows a number of other injuries and malfunctions at Six Flags Great Adventure this summer. A visitor to the park was rushed to the hospital on August 29 after falling from the roof of a building in a restricted area of the park. A boy was hospitalized after cutting his head on The Joker roller coaster on July 14th.
The State Department of Community Affairs closed the El Toro roller coaster after a derailment on June 29th. Nobody got hurt.
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And two visitors were rushed to a local hospital on June 13th following a disruption to the flume ride in the main part of the amusement park.
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